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Experience the Annular Eclipse!

Saturday, October 14, 2023
10:00 am
–3:00 pm
*Included in General Admission

Eclipse begins at 10:30 a.m. CST
Maximum estimated to occur at 11:58 a.m. CST

Visit Space Center Houston to view this year’s annular solar eclipse! We’ll have unobstructed viewing areas to watch the eclipse, as well as interactive activities and programming that dives into the science behind these awe-inspiring celestial phenomena–and how to view them safely with complimentary eclipse glasses provided at our viewing area!

Members of the Houston Astronomical Society will be on hand to guide you through using different telescopes to view the eclipse and how to build your own pinhole camera using materials around your home. And at 11:15 a.m., enjoy a special presentation from members of the Houston Astronomical Society.

The pop-up program “Experiencing the Eclipse Through Touch and Sound” is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What is an annular solar eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but when it is at or near its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the Sun. As a result, the Moon appears as a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk, creating what looks like a ring around the Moon.


  • This program is included in the cost of general admission for October 14, 2023. Interested in receiving free general admission? Become a member now to enjoy 12 full months free general admission, free parking and more.

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