Two different eclipses of the Sun will be visible for us in the next few months. The first will be an annular (ring of fire) eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. The second will be a total eclipse of the Sun on Monday, Apr. 8, 2024. Both the exact line-up of the ring and the total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track, a bit more than 100 miles across. But all North America will see a partial eclipse, where a “bite” is taken out of the Sun by the dark disk of the Moon. York County in October will get to see 43% of the Sun covered and in April 79% of the Sun will be covered.
Museum of York County will have a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on Saturday, Oct. 14 from noon until 2:30 p.m. If it isn’t cloudy, watch this rare phenomenon safely at the Museum of York County along with Planetarium Manager Carole Holmberg and NASA Eclipse Ambassador John Diana. We will have some pairs of solar eclipse glasses for guests to share. We will also have two safe telescopes outside to give you a safe close-up view of the eclipsed Sun. (SAFETY NOTE: Whenever ANY part of the Sun is visible, it is dangerous to look at it with uncovered eyes or regular sunglasses.)
The Museum Store has a limited number of eclipse glasses for sale. Learn more about the eclipse at the Settlemyre Planetarium during the show “Totality”, shown Oct. 3 – Oct. 13 on Tuesday – Sunday at 3:30 P.M.