exploratorium

Total Solar Eclipse: Live from the U.S.A.

The museum will open early at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, August 21, 9:00 a.m.–Noon

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Gather at the Exploratorium to watch our live broadcast of the total solar eclipse visible across the United States. Learn about solar eclipses and observe a partial solar eclipse outside on the Exploratorium’s Plaza.

Our livestream team will travel to two sites—Madras, Oregon, and Casper, Wyoming—to capture the “Great American Eclipse,” which will cross the country in a narrow swath from Oregon to South Carolina. Outside that swath, North American viewers will see a partial eclipse, not a total blockage of the Sun. We’ll bring the full eclipse to a wider audience via a live stream, as we’ve been doing with eclipses since 1998.

You can follow the entire event during this three-hour program, watching stunning real-time imagery from our telescopes. Exploratorium scientists and educators in Oregon, Wyoming, and at the museum will fill you in on what makes an eclipse and how to view one safely.

From San Francisco, the moon will only partly cover the Sun—a partial eclipse—but we’ll have telescopes on our Plaza for viewing, and astronomers available to answer questions.

Can’t make it to the museum for the viewing? We’ll be streaming the core program and the live telescope feeds on our website from 9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. PDT. Or get our free Total Solar Eclipse app and watch it there.

Where to View Live Eclipse Streams in the Exploratorium

English-language program feed: Central Gallery & West Gallery (10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.)
Spanish-language program feed: East Gallery (10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.)
Feed with sonification: Kanbar Forum (9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)
Kronos Quartet performance: Kanbar Forum (10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.; requires separate ticket)
Telescope-only feed from Wyoming: Webcast Studio (9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

View a map of the museum.