On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will sweep across North America.

Observers within its path of totality—a 115-mile-wide strip where the moon will completely obscure the sun—will experience brief, total darkness in midafternoon. Those outside of the path will experience a partial eclipse, with a portion of the sun remaining visible.

The Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC)—along with science centers, museums, and other science-focused institutions—will mark this extraordinary event by hosting eclipse-related educational programming, viewing parties, and interactive events.

Whether you’re in the path of totality or will be watching the partial eclipse, join us in planning a day of wonder and exploration as we celebrate science!

Engage at the 2023 ASTC Annual Conference

Eclipse excitement is revving up at this year’s conference! Join us in Charlotte, North Carolina to connect in-person with colleagues, share ideas, and hear what other museums are planning.

  • Choose Your Own Eclipse Adventure! on Saturday, October 7, 1:15–2:15 p.m.
    • Catherine McCarthy, NISE Network
    • Anne Holland and James Harold, Space Science Institute
    • Laura Petioles, Sonoma State University
  • A Path Forward WITH Community: Innovative Models for Ambassador Programs in STEAM-Focused Institutions on Saturday, October 7, 2:45–3:45 p.m.
    • LaKeisha Harding, Thinkery
    • Derrick Pitts, The Franklin Institute
    • Daniel Schneiderman, Rochester Museum & Science Center
    • Dennis Schatz, Pacific Science Center
  • Eclipse Happy Hour hosted by the Simons Foundation on Sunday, October 8, 2023, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Connect & Learn

Join the Community of Practice

Connect with colleagues online through our dedicated Community of Practice to share program plans and event ideas ahead of the April 8, 2024 eclipse. You don’t need to be an ASTC member to create a free account!

Access Resources

Join with partner organizations to produce eclipse-focused activities and dynamic, educational programming. Browse curated resources brimming with ideas for interactive workshops, engaging demonstrations, advice on sourcing eclipse glasses, and more.

Funding Opportunity

With support from the Simons Foundation, ASTC is pleased to offer a new funding opportunity to support science education and engagement for Total Eclipse 2024.

Fifty (50) gifts of $10,000 each are available to science-focused organizations in the U.S. located directly within the path of totality and will be awarded to support events and programs that enhance public understanding of the eclipse and facilitate its safe observation. Applications are due by October 20, 2023.

This work was made possible by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ campaign. For more information, visit inthepathoftotality.org. The Simons Foundation’s Science, Society and Culture division seeks to provide opportunities for people to forge a connection to science — whether for the first time or a lifetime.

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