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Great American Eclipse

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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April 8


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Great American Eclipse!

Experience the wonder of the solar eclipse at the North Carolina Arboretum on Monday, April 8th.  If you miss it, you’ll have to wait until 2044 for the next solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States!

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Asheville beginning at 1:51 PM and ending at 4:24 PM. During maximum eclipse at 3:00 PM, roughly 85% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon.

To mark this exciting event, the Arboretum is partnering with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to include you in special eclipse day activities for all ages. Receive a pair of complementary NASA eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. Watch a livestream broadcast from the path of totality featuring telescope views and NASA and Exploratorium scientists and educators. Learn about how researchers are studying this natural experiment – what happens when the moon blocks the sun? – and contribute to NASA participatory science projects for all ages, by taking part in:

  • Eclipse Soundscapes*: The NC Arboretum was selected to be one of the sites participating in this project, which is looking at the science question: How do solar eclipses affect animals and insects? They need the public’s help to collect multisensory observations of what they hear, see, or feel during the eclipse!
  • GLOBE Eclipse*: Using the free GLOBE Observer mobile app, volunteers can take observations of how sky conditions and temperature change during an eclipse. And after April 8, you can continue to take and submit cloud observations to NASA.

*Eclipse Soundscapes and GLOBE Observer are funded by NASA’s Science Activation Program.

No registration is required, though regular parking fees apply.

Get ready for the big event by registering and joining the free March 21 GLOBE Observer Connect via Zoom  to learn about NASA GLOBE Clouds and how community scientists can help study solar eclipses and the March 18th Eclipse Soundscapes Observer Training.