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TJC science center to host eclipse viewing, ‘Totality’ dome show

The total solar eclipse will be the biggest science event of the year, and all of the action will be covered live – rain or shine – on Monday, Aug. 21, at the TJC science center.

In addition to an outdoor viewing, the TJC science center will offer showings of “Totality,” a 25-minute film about solar and lunar eclipses and how they occur.
The TJC science center is located at 1411 E. Lake St., on the TJC main campus. Parking is free.
Observing the eclipse is free. Admission for dome shows is $5 per person, and tickets can be purchased in person or online at Advance purchase is encouraged, as seating is limited and this is a very popular event.
“We’re excited to offer an outdoor viewing of the eclipse – and free solar viewing glasses while supplies last,” said Brian Kremer, TJC science center coordinator.
“We will also have other special equipment available for safe viewing, so people will have multiple ways to experience the eclipse.”
The day’s events will begin in the dome theater at 10 a.m. with a showing of “Totality.”
After the film, science center staff will provide a short recreation of the upcoming eclipse, showing the portion that will be visible in Tyler.
Schedule of events
• 10 and 11 a.m. – “Totality” dome show and eclipse recreation by science center staff
• 11:43 a.m. – Eclipse starts
• 1:13 p.m. – Moment of greatest eclipse
• 2:43 p.m. – Eclipse ends
• 3 p.m. – “Totality” dome show and eclipse recreation by science center staff
In case of inclement weather or if cloud cover hampers visibility, the entire operation will move inside the science center dome, where “Totality” will be shown throughout the day, with eclipse footage live-streamed from NASA.
For more information, go to or call 903-510-2312.


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