Everyone's been talking about the rare solar eclipse that will sweep across North America on Monday, August 21. If you can't travel to an area of the US where you can witness it live, head over to the Rochester Museum and Science Center (657 East Avenue) to get the most out of the astronomical phenomenon. There will be a free viewing at the Strasenburgh Planetarium between 1:14 p.m. and 3:52 p.m., with the eclipse reaching maximum coverage at 2:35 p.m.
Immediately before the eclipse viewing, RMSC will hold a Solar Eclipse Star Show at 12 p.m., during which attendees will learn about how eclipses happen. In the days leading up to the eclipse, RMSC will hold a family program called "Exploring Science: Earth and Space," beginning on Friday, August 18, through Monday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will make clouds, hypothesize about extraterrestrial life, and learn about gravity.
Admission to the eclipse viewing is free, but proper eyewear is required and can be purchased for $2. The Solar Eclipse Star Show is recommended for older children and adults, and tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students with ID, and free for children. For more information, visit rmsc.org or call 271-4320.