Evansville Museum hosts Solar Eclipse Weekend

The Evansville Museum counting down the final days until the eclipse, celebrating with Solar Eclipse Weekend.

“Today people are visiting us from all over the world to learn more about the total solar eclipse,” said Director of Science Experiences Mitch Luman.

The museum offering hands on activities, storytelling and an exhibition completely around the eclipse. Engaging all ages.

Many excited to see it for the first time like Kaila Mckinney, “Excited, because a lot of people haven't been able to see it.”

“It wasn't on my bucket list but once we found out it was so close hey we want to do that experience it,” said Linda Fellwock.

Others excited to see it again

“It's been a long time since I’ve seen one but I’ll never forget that view I saw and the feeling I had looking up at space how small I felt,” said Luman.

But this eclipse is merely a start for what's to come.

“This is the eclipse generation that's coming up right now. We've not seen that many solar eclipses in North America but in the next 6 years or 35, I should say, there's at least 5, if not 6, solar eclipses that you could be able to get to without hopping on a plane,” said Luman.

Ready for the moment that is like no other.

“They say when the moon gets in front of the sun you've never seen anything so black in your life so that's exciting,” said Fellwock.

But since so few have seen it before “it's up to museum exhibitions and other forms of media to communicate what the eclipse is and why it's so special,” said Luman.

But in less than 48 hours “millions of people will have seen one that I think that is gonna amp up our society," said Luman.

(This article was originally published August 19, 2017)


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