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Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party with NASA Scientist Todd Toth

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NASA space scientist, Todd Toth, and the staff of Buttonwood Nature Center (formerly The Institute) will guide a safe viewing experience of a solar eclipse at the stadium of Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

On April 8, 2024, the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the entire United States from the Texas-Mexico border through the midwest to upstate New York and New England over the course of several hours, bringing totality to many major population centers.

Residents of our area will witness 92% of the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon as it passes between the Earth and Sun. During the eclipse watching party, area residents will have an opportunity to safely view the eclipse along with taking part in a variety of activities for all ages.

Activities include making a solar viewing mask, color-changing solar bead bracelets, and using a Sunspotter to make a sketch of the eclipse. Participants may choose to gather solar eclipse data—such as temperature, clouds, barometric pressure, relative humidity and more—via the NASA GLOBE Observer App, which will allow this data to be sent to a database for further research and use.

Free safety eclipse sunglasses available, while supplies last.

This family friendly event will open to the public at 2:00 p.m. on April 8 at the Waynesboro High School stadium. The eclipse maximum will occur at 3:21 p.m. and the viewing event will end at 4 p.m.

For more information, email [email protected]

This event arranged in a collaboration between Buttonwood Nature Center (formerly The Institute), the Waynesboro Area School District and NASA.

Free admission.

Underwriting support for this event provided in part by Today’s Horizon Fund Contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; and The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.


April 8
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Buttonwood Nature Center–Home of The Institute
(717) 762-0373


Waynesboro Area Senior High School
550 E 2nd Street
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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