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The Cosmosphere to Celebrate the April 8 Solar Eclipse with Two Free Community Events 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HUTCHINSON, KS, Mar. 26, 2024—On April 8, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Hutchinson. To celebrate this occasion, the Cosmosphere will host two free community events and offer an eclipse planetarium show. 

  1. Free “Eclipse Across America” planetarium presentation On April 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Cosmosphere STEAM Educator Mary Smith will present the planetarium show “Eclipse Across America.” Following the show, Mary will share what observers should expect to see during the partial eclipse in Hutchinson. The event is free and open to the public, and no entry ticket is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more here.
  2. “Eclipses Across America” regular planetarium showings The Cosmosphere will show “Eclipse Across America” in the Justice Planetarium at 4:00 p.m. on April 5, 6, and 7 and 11:00 a.m. on April 8. A planetarium ticket is required for these showings. 
  3. Free Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party On April 8 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cosmosphere’s south parking lot, attendees will be able to view the eclipse using the Cosmosphere’s special solar telescope and binoculars. The Cosmosphere and Hutchinson Public Library staff will offer free eclipse-related activities, and several food trucks will be ready to serve the crowd. Members of the public are invited to bring their lawn chairs and eclipse glasses and join us for this astronomical event. Learn more here.

The Cosmosphere highly recommends purchasing eclipse glasses before the event. They are available in the Cosmosphere’s gift store or online at shop.cosmo.org. 

For more information about these upcoming events, call 620.662.2305 or see cosmo.org. 

Eclipse References from the Cosmosphere

Why you don’t want to miss the April 8 eclipse!

How to view the eclipse using household items.