August 21, 2017
Solar eclipses happen every year, but it’s been a while since the people of Acadiana have seen a nice one. That ends August 21 (if the weather cooperates, of course)! Although the eclipse will be partial in Acadiana, it will be total in some other parts of the country, the first total eclipse visible anywhere in the continental United States since 1979.
In Lafayette the partial eclipse will start shortly before noon, reach maximum about 1:25 p.m., and end shortly before 3:00 p.m. Weather permitting, the planetarium will have safe solar telescopes for free public eclipse viewing in Parc Sans Souci beside the Museum. What a great way to spend your lunch time! We’ll even provide free, safe eclipse viewing glasses to the first 200 people who come to the viewing, courtesy of NASA and the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California! If you can’t make it to the park, we’ll live stream the eclipse from the Lafayette Science Museum Observatory. To help you get ready, there will be planetarium programs about the eclipse beginning in June and special eclipse outreach programs at the Iberia Parish Library and four branches of the Lafayette Public Library.
We've created some handy guides to explain solar eclipses, how to observe them safely, how to make your own Solar Eclipse Viewer, and all the events we’re planning leading up to and during the eclipse: