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Eclipse Extravaganza in Pittsburgh!

Apr 8, 2024 - Apr 8, 2024 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Dive into the spectacle with our special solar observation gear, featuring a mind-blowing solar telescope. Witness the magic with live footage streamed from NASA on the Buhl Planetarium dome and join numerous solar eclipse activities for the entire family. Plus, snag a complimentary pair of solar eclipse glasses with your general admission ticket while supplies last. It’s an eclipse like never before!

Eclipse Timeline for Pittsburgh

Eclipse starts: 2 pm
Eclipse ends: 4:30 pm
Maximum eclipse: 3:17 pm

Safety is important!

Eye safety is a top priority when observing a solar eclipse. Staring at the Sun with the unaided eye can cause eye damage. Even a brief glimpse of the Sun through unfiltered telescopes or binoculars can cause blindness. Always use proper filters or safe solar projection techniques, and make sure your eclipse glasses are certified. ISO certified glasses will be labeled with ISO 12312-2 or ISO 12312:2015. Be sure to check that your eclipse glasses are not damaged or scratched before use. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes.

Schedule of Events

Come see this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event at the Science Center! The next total solar eclipse in the contiguous United States won’t occur until 2044.

The Main Event – Eclipse Viewing

Eclipse Viewing: 1:59– 4:30 pm
Max totality: 3:17 pm

Pittsburghers will experience an excellent viewing perspective of the eclipse, with the Moon covering approximately 97% of the Sun. Sunlight will dim for a few minutes, but the sky will not go dark. Experience the eclipse rain or shine with a host of activities throughout the day:

Buhl Planetarium

11 am–1 pm: Solar Eclipse Programming

2 pm: NASA Live Feed (Rainy Day Option)
Live stream of solar eclipse in Path of Totality by NASA.

The Rangos Giant Cinema

10 am–5 pm: NASA Live Feed – Ongoing
Live stream of solar eclipse in Path of Totality by NASA.


10 am–1 pm: Theater programs until 1pm

Live NASA Feed (Rainy Day Option)
Live stream of solar eclipse in Path of Totality by NASA.

Works Theaters

Earth & Friends

Soar through the Solar System in our Works Theater! Early learners will explore space chemistry as they visit Earth and its the other major planets and learn why Earth has the right stuff for life!

It Came From Outer Space

Blast off with explosive experiments as we discover how technology developed to solve problems in space makes our lives better on Earth. Learn which things you use every day are actually Space Age inventions!

Live NASA Feed

Live stream of solar eclipse in Path of Totality by NASA.

Check out eclipse-themed demos throughout the Science Center. On the portico, weather-permitting, build a pinhole projector out of a box and decorate eclipse glasses holders commemorating the special event.

ath of Totality

The Path of Totality is the Moon’s moving shadow. The Moon’s shadow has two parts, a faint outer shadow called the penumbra, and a darker inner shadow called the umbra. The path of totality is simply the path of the umbra and where one can view the total eclipse.

Eclipses, even partial, are only visible within the penumbra, but total eclipses are only visible within the smaller path of the umbra.

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