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In 2017 a solar eclipse passed over a large portion of the US, bringing with it astronomical excitement, plenty of celebration, and a stunning display in Philadelphia. On April 8 this phenomenon returns, and the Wagner welcomes you in marking the occasion! Join us for activities and multiple opportunities to view the eclipse for astronomers of all ages. Caused by the shadow of the Moon lining up to temporarily blot out the Sun, solar eclipses have fascinated people for centuries. While the Sun will be darkened during the eclipse, just like all other times it is extremely dangerous to look directly at it. Nonetheless there are still ways to safely observe! • The Wagner will loan out a limited supply of special eclipse-viewing glasses. These will be available first come, first served and will need to be returned afterward, but sharing in the spirit of community is encouraged! • Use a specially-modified telescope, or learn how to make your own pinhole projector, a clever way to use the Sun’s light to see all of the eclipse with none of the pain! • Visit the Wagner’s historic lecture hall for a livestream of the eclipse from NASA. While eclipses actually occur somewhat frequently, they are not always viewable, making the times when people do get to see them all the more significant. Philadelphia is expected to see 90% coverage of the Sun, and won’t see an event like this again until 2078, so this is one celestial celebration you won’t want to miss! This event is FREE and open to all, but advance registration is recommended for capacity reasons. Registration does not guarantee eclipse viewing glasses or entry as supplies and space are limited. Please enter through the outdoor gate on 17th Street. Most activities will take place outdoors and the Lecture Hall will be open.