Area schools, museum prepare for eclipse

Solar Eclipse

UNT Solar Eclipse Event

Attendees can view the solar eclipse at the Rafes Urban Astronomy Center.

First 200 people will receive a free pair of certified solar glasses.

*Telescopes will be set up for viewing.

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*Parking will be limited so early arrival is encouraged.


Rafes Urban Astronomy Center; 2305 Tom Cole Rd., Denton, TX


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Monday, August 21, 2017 – 11:30am – 2:30pm

How much:

$3 per person charged at gate


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Department of Physics

Event open to:

UNT community

The University of Texas at Arlington will have a Solar Eclipse presentation starting at noon at the UTA Planetarium. Admission is $6 for the public, $4 for students and senior citizens.

On Monday, Aug. 21, visitors to Tarleton State University’s planetarium can enjoy a direct view without risking damage to their eyes.

The planetarium is located in the Lamar Johanson Science Building on the Stephenville campus.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Noble Planetarium Manager, Sarah Twidal, will experience the Great American Eclipse in totality and provide a live stream for Museum guests from Oregon on Monday, August 21. Physicist and astronomer, Dr. Doug Roberts, who is also the Museum’s Chief Technology Officer, will travel north as well to research and experience the total eclipse.

“Eclipses are inherently social events where everyone at the observing location experiences the same thing,” said Dr. Roberts. “I’ve personally given many talks about eclipses, but I have yet to see totality myself.” Twidal, who is also a NASA Ambassador, will be traveling to Albany, Oregon to view the total solar eclipse. For her, it is also a first. “I hope for the best of weather and safety and for a spectacular view of this amazing phenomenon. I hope to bring back stories, like others before me, of the unique chance to see planets and stars come into sight at midday and of the reactions this event prompts in the natural world.”

Twidal’s live stream event will be available to guests in the Omni Theater as part of a special presentation, online and on screens throughout the Museum, weather-permitting. Dr. Roberts is using a newer form of technology to record the event to allow for a virtual reality playback. “I will be taking a spherical camera to view the eclipse, and when I get back, we will be able to play back the experience in Virtual Reality headsets during our Team Totality event at the next Science on Tap, October 13. If all goes well, watching the eclipse played back in VR should be the next best thing to being there!”

Guests are invited to be a part of history by celebrating the Great American Eclipse at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from 11 AM to 1:30 PM on August 21. All activities are appropriate for all ages and are included with paid exhibit admission. Click here to learn more about the Great American Eclipse.