Don’t get left in the dark! The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will host an Eclipse Party on August 21st , with games, fun activities and a viewing of this astronomical phenomenon.
“All across the country, people are going to be joining in to watch the solar eclipse, and we are excited to be a part of the occasion,” said NCARI Education Curator Dia Hitt.
Activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with eclipse themed fun and games along with programs led by the NCARI Education team, including construction of pinhole eclipse projectors. To get a close-up idea of what happens during a solar eclipse, guests can also see a special program on the aquarium’s Science on a Sphere display inside Neptune’s Theater. The sphere, provided in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), projects high detailed imagery about the world and the universe, and is a perfect illustrator for an event like the solar eclipse.
Then of course there will be the eclipse viewing from 1:23 p.m. – 4:09 p.m. with maximum eclipse coverage at 2:49 p.m. Remember: Never look directly at the sun or at a solar eclipse. Use only official eclipse viewing eyewear. The aquarium will have a limited amount of viewing glasses available on a first-come first-served basis, and will also provide materials and instruction for creating pinhole projectors.
The Eclipse Party will take place at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island on August 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and all activities and programs are included with regular aquarium admission.