Total Solar Eclipse

Live from Micronesia

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 • 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Live Broadcast 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Telescope-Only Feed 4:00–7:15 p.m.
Live Spanish Narration with Telescope Feed 5:15–5:45 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

Free after 5:00 p.m.

Gather at the Exploratorium to watch a total solar eclipse during our live broadcast from Micronesia, a prime viewing spot. Our webcast team will travel to the coral island of Woleai, in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles north of New Guinea, to bring you this astronomical event.

Few people will see this amazing phenomenon with their own eyes, because the “path of totality”—the area on earth where you see the moon fully covering the sun—is only 100 miles wide. But the Exploratorium has been bringing eclipses to a wider audience via live broadcasts since 1998.

For this eclipse, follow the entire event during our four-hour program, watching stunning real-time imagery from our four telescopes on Woleai. Exploratorium scientists and educators, both in Micronesia and at the museum, will fill you in on what makes an eclipse and how to view one safely, and they’ll introduce you to the culture and geography of Micronesia. The program will explore the science of the sun, using amazing, high-definition images and video from NASA satellites, and will highlight NASA’s new MMS mission, a multi-satellite endeavor to measure the magnetosphere that connects the Earth and the sun.


  • LIVE Eclipse Program, hosted by Ron Hipschman
  • LIVE Telescope View, Narrated in Spanish, hosted by Isabel Hawkins and Kira Villanova
  • Light-Walk Workshop (Ken Finn)
  • Stargazing (Sidewalk Astronomers)
  • Berkeley Solar Car
  • Pinhole Sun Viewers (Field Trip Explainers)
  • Ask an Astronomer (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
  • The Perspective of Planets (Adam Esposito)
  • Solar Totems (Charles Sowers)
  • Solar Suitcase (We Care Solar)
  • Solar Car Prototype (Innovation Hangar)
  • Solar-Powered Sculpture (Kevin Gauna, Sunbrothers)
  • Pier 15 Solar Power (Sun Power)
  • Black Rock Solar 
  • Solar Cookers International
  • Short Films (Cinema Arts)


Can’t make it to the Exploratorium for the viewing? We’ll be streaming the program and the live telescope feed on our website.

Live Eclipse Program 5:00–6:00 p.m. PST
Telescope-Only Feed, 4:00–7:15 p.m. PST
Live Spanish Narration with Telescope Feed, 5:15–5:45 p.m. PST
Sonification with Telescope Feed 4:00–7:15 p.m.