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Westminster Planetarium to feature eclipse show ‘Totality!’

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Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Westminster College Planetarium will present “Totality!,”  a show about solar eclipses, from 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 13, in the Hoyt Science Center.

There are only two eclipses that will cross the U.S. in 2023 and 2024—an annular eclipse on Oct. 14, and a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. The next solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will not occur until 2045.

Total solar eclipses—when the moon lines up perfectly to obscure the sun, creating “totality”—are a rare and beautiful phenomenon, and the planetarium show “Totality!” will depict how eclipses happen, how to safely view one and where these two eclipses will take place. The show will also teach the history of eclipse watchers.

Recommended for ages 6 and up, “Totality!” is free and open to the public, although registrations are necessary due to limited seating. Register here for the Oct. 4 show, and here for the Oct. 13 show.