On Monday afternoon, August 21, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s wondrous spectacle — an eclipse of the Sun! A total eclipse is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.

Begins: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Maximum: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Ends: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Duration: 2 hours, 46 minutes

The total eclipse will not be visible from northwest Ohio, but we will see 80-90% coverage of the Sun. The Appold Planetarium has resources to help you make the most of this spectacular teaching opportunity.

  • Planetarium shows to explain the science behind solar and lunar eclipses, with age-appropriate explanations and simulations. $3 per student, $4 per adult, with one free adult admission for every ten students. Our weather is always perfect!
  • Eclipse glasses are now sold out.Eclipse Shades




The total solar eclipse is on August 21, 2017.

Recommended Links

  • Exploratorium: discover your weight and age on other planets!
  • Google Sky: browse the universe, locate planets and constellations in the sky, zoom in to distant galaxies and nebulae.
  • Hands-On Solar Activities: the YPOP Solar Classroom is filled with hands-on, solar related activities.

NASA Links

  • NASA Climate Kids demystifies the “Big Questions” about global climate change using 4-6th-grade-level language, colorful illustrations, humor, interactivity, and games.
  • SciJinks Weather Laboratory targets middle-schoolers. It explains the reasons for the seasons, the tides, and other weather and Earth science mysteries in colorful “Now I get it!” pages.
  • SunTrek: take a journey into space and find out more about the Sun and its effect on the Earth.
  • The Evening Sky Map & Calendar: a two-page guide to the night sky.
  • Toledo Astronomical Association: offers star parties (open to the public) and telescope advice.