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Grab your shades and get ready for a rare and historic eclipse today!

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The solar eclipse is the first since 1979 and in Houston the sun will be 67% covered by the moon.


Good news, here’s 8 spots around Houston you can watch the eclipse! Remember to stay safe and only view the eclipse through a device with an appropriate solar filter or indirectly through a projection onto the ground.

8. Space Center Houston

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Space Center Houston will have a day full of activities. Lunar scientists will speak from 11 a.m. to noon, with another talk about studying the moon in the eclipse and upcoming lunar missions at 2 p.m. A limited number of solar viewing glasses will be provided to safely observe the total eclipse of the sun, and other viewing opportunities such as sunspotters will be available. Guests can also create their own eclipse projector. NASA’s livestream of the eclipse will be displayed on screens inside the center.

7. Children’s Museum of Houston

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The museum is having a solar eclipse viewing party for little ones with lots of fun activities for kids. They will show a live stream beginning at noon in the auditorium. Be sure to pick up your postcard from their science station, which will allow you to safely watch the eclipse.

6. Houston Museum of Natural Science

Noon – 2 p.m.

5555 Hermann Park Dr.

The Planetarium will offer six special, 15-minute programs explaining the aspects of the eclipse and what it looks like from Houston. Tickets are $4. Then at 2 p.m., they will livestream totality from Casper, Wyoming in the Planetarium. Tickets for that are $9.

5. University of Houston

11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

4800 Calhoun Road

Spectators can take a tour of the newly renovated observatory and see the eclipse through the big telescope. This is open to the campus community. Outside the observatory, there will be additional telescopes with solar filters, pinhole projection assemblies for viewing the sun and a safety goggle station with protective eyewear available for use.

4. Freeman Branch Library

Noon – 2 p.m.

16616 Diana Lane

Join scientists and educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute to witness this eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will be available.

3. Levy Park

Noon – 2 p.m.

3801 Eastside Street

Join scientists and educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute to witness this eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will be available.

2. Hotel Ylem

11:45 a.m. – 8 p.m.

8080 Main Street

The first 50 people get to pick up free viewing glasses. From 3-5 p.m., the hotel is showing “Star Wars” with popcorn! At 5 p.m., food trucks will arrive with live music, astrology readings, and more!

1. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

13016 University Blvd.

The first 150 people to enter the museum viewing area as the eclipse begins will receive complimentary solar eclipse glasses.

via: ABC13

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