Eclipse Science Day at ASC

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While the total solar eclipse is in August, your kids can start building excitement for it now with special pre-eclipse activities at Adventure Science Center.

The celestial event of the season — the total solar eclipse — is less than 100 days away. On Monday, Aug. 21, we’ll get the sight of a lifetime with Nashville being a prime viewing spot on the globe.

Adventure Science Center (ASC) has lots of special activities with its Eclipse Programming Series, including Eclipse Science Day on Saturday, May 20.


The following activities take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and are free with ASC admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 – 12):


This demonstration will give you everything you need to know about the potential dangers of looking directly at the sun, how to view it safely during the eclipse and how to identify eye safety gear that doesn’t make the grade.


Identify how close you live to the path of totality, add a pin to ASC’s map and scope out the best location from which to view the event.


The sun’s corona is one of the many amazing sights visible only during a total solar eclipse. Discover the spectacular outer atmosphere of the sun and make your own hand-crafted version to take home as a reminder of what to look for on Aug. 21.

PLUNGER SUNDIAL (weather permitting)

Learn how to track your time spent at ASC in an ingenious and amusing experiment involving a piece of chalk, the sun and a toilet bowl plunger (don’t worry, the plungers are clean!).

SUNSPOTTER (weather permitting)

Learn to use a sunspotter, a device allowing you to have a rare and safe look at the sun during daylight hours.


Part learning, part demonstration and part Q & A, this crash course aims to provide you and your kids the skills and know-how to get the most out of the August eclipse. Furthermore, learn why eclipses happen to what you need to photograph the event safely and where to go to get the best view.


This brand-new, full-dome production in Sudekum Planetarium takes place at 11: 30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The show takes you on a tour of eclipses throughout history. Along the journey, learn how different cultures interpret them, and discover their relationship to major scientific discoveries.
This planetarium show requires an additional $6 ticket.
ASC is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Call 615-862-5160 or visit

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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