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Downtown museum hosting Eclipse Day Party

August 16, 2017
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Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is named after the Grand Rapids-born astronaut who lost his life in the 1967 Apollo 1 spacecraft fire. Photo via

A museum downtown will host a party to celebrate the first total solar eclipse in the lower 48 states since 1979.

Grand Rapids Public Museum will host a variety of activities during an Eclipse Day Party between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the museum, at 272 Pearl St. NW in Grand Rapids.

The party marks a total solar eclipse that will cut across the continental U.S. for two minutes on Aug. 21. Although there are about two solar eclipses worldwide every three years, the last total solar eclipse that spanned the contiguous U.S. was in 1979. The next is projected to occur in 2024.

According to NASA, the totality of the eclipse will pass through 14 states, from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, east to Charleston, South Carolina. Anyone not in that direct path will be able to see a partial eclipse, including residents of Michigan.

Party activities

The museum’s Eclipse Day Party will include a live stream of the total solar eclipse in the Meijer Theater.

Attendees also will be able to make solar system bracelets, decorate personal eclipse shades, design and build spacecraft, make eclipse projectors and more.

There will also be showings every half-hour of an educational film, “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon,” in the Chaffee Planetarium.


Eclipse Day Party activities will be included with the price of general admission to the museum.

Visitors attending the Grand Rapids Maker Faire on Aug. 19 and 20 will receive free admission to the Eclipse Day Party by wearing their event wristband.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a publicly owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond.

It houses the only planetarium in the region and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark.

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