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2017 Solar Eclipse Celebration

As part of the 2017 Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will hold an onsite eclipse viewing event for the public on Monday, August 21, 2017.

On that date, when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, the entire United States will experience a partial solar eclipse for up to a few hours. A total solar eclipse is a grand spectacle, considered by many to be the most awe-inspiring sight nature has to offer. During totality, it turns dark in the daytime, the temperature drops, and the Sun’s corona and bright stars and planets become visible. If you are able, plan to be in the path of totality on August 21. You will make memories for a lifetime.

If you can't get to the path of totality join us here at Morehead for a viewing.  

Solar Eclipse Celebration - Aug. 21

12-4:30 p.m. 

We are very excited to have you joining us on Monday, August 21 for our Solar Eclipse Celebration.  We want you to enjoy your experience with us, so please read our parking and policies carefully below.

Our event begins at noon but we encourage you to arrive early to find parking. The lot in front of Morehead will NOT be available for parking. You will need to find street parking on Franklin St. or you can use one of the three lots located on Rosemary St. See our online parking page for more info about these specific lots, but note that they will also fill up quickly. 

Our HIGHLY RECOMMENDED parking lots are the Eubanks Road Park and Ride (On Eubanks Rd, 1/2 mile west of MLK Jr Blvd) or the Southern Village Park and Ride (Just off 15-501 South). In both of these lots, we will have supervisors from Chapel Hill Transit to help you ride the FREE Chapel Hill Transit system. For either lot, you will take the NS route and exit the bus at S. Colombia & Franklin St. From there you will have a short walk to Morehead. This trip will take approximately 25 minutes, so please consider that into your plans. 

If you plan to park elsewhere in Chapel Hill or Carrboro, we recommend checking Chapel Hill's website about parking downtown, and review Chapel Hill Transit's website for available bus lines servicing the UNC Campus.

Remember, ticket holders, you will receive your wrist band for the planetarium show and your eclipse glasses at check-in! We will have the check-in table set up by 9AM for those needing to check in early, so please come, get checked-in and enjoy the activities starting at noon before and after your show. We will NOT be seating planetarium shows late so please make accommodations to arrive early and plan for time needed to take public transit to MoreheadRefunds will not be given due to guests who arrive late.

The Eclipse Party will happen rain or shine. Refunds will not be offered for guests who are late or because of poor weather. Arrive early and enjoy the show!

As part of the Carolinas Solar Eclipse Party, more than 50 locations in North and South Carolina will offer eclipse viewing events for the public on August 21, 2017. These locations will be spread throughout the two states, both within and outside the path of totality. For a list of specific events and locations.

Important safety information:

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safety (in English)

Como Ver el Eclipse Solar del 2017 con Segurida (in Spanish)