The Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party (Presented by the Dudley Observatory)

A total eclipse of the Sun will traverses the United States of America. Here in Schenectady we will not be in that path of totality but, with clear skies, we should have about 70% of Our Sun obscured by Our Moon.  Come and experience this rare event at miSci with the Dudley Observatory's Dr. Valerie Rapson. You can start to prepare for the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse when we should experience totality.  


The Viewing Party is free with admission. The Dudley Observatory Viewing Party will be first come, first served - no pre-registration required or available.


The Viewing Party will include at least 5 solar telescopes, sunspotters, solar eclipse glasses to share, and a variety of projection devices. There will also be kids hands-on demonstrations and art activities as well as a live stream of totality.

Planetarium shows will run all day on Monday, August 21st. The 1, 2, and 3 pm shows will all be 30-minute features of Sunstruck. Planetarium shows are an additional $5/person/show.


miSci Staff each have 4 pairs of solar eclipse glasses. Families may borrow the eclipse glasses to look at the sun for a minute or two, and must return all glasses to the staff member who will wait with the family while they view the eclipse.

The eclipse glasses…

Cannot be loaned for long periods of time or held onto all day. Families may look briefly, then immediately return the glasses to the staff member.

Cannot be purchased from our staff or the gift shop for any dollar amount.

Cannot be brought indoors. 

Visitors are welcome to use their own glasses or projection devices. We also have telescopes and other viewing devices on hand on the lawn and patio.

Thank you for your cooperation


2017's local times are:

Begins:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Maximum:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm
Ends:  Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Duration:  2 hours, 34 minutes


The areas highlighted in orange are open to miSci visitors. Volunteers should park in the area highlighted in pink. In addition, there are numerous parking areas around the City of Schenectady. Some parking lots have free parking under two hours. For more of Schenectady City parking, check here.  


View more eclipse resources

Watch Dr. Rapson demonstrates the importance of eye protection when viewing the eclipse (not for the very young or faint of heart):


Monday, August-21-2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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