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Science Museum Oklahoma hosts solar eclipse activities

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The long-awaited solar eclipse wowed the country today. During the rare event, the moon passed between the sun and Earth in alignment that cast the moon’s shadow, 170 miles wide, onto Earth. Oklahoma wasn’t in the path of totality but saw extraordinary views nonetheless.

The eclipse took place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. with its peak time at 1:05 p.m. More than 84% percent of the sun was obstructed by the moon from our view in Oklahoma City, and the corona, the sun's tenuous atmosphere, was visible to the naked eye. Tulsa saw more incredible views. Seriously, the street lights even came on.

I spent the afternoon at an event hosted by Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) in Oklahoma City. Museum staff provided hands-on activities, safe viewing tips and answered questions for kids and adults.

President/CEO Sherry Marshall remembers attending the science museum as a child. In fact, it sparked her love for science and led to studying physics and chemistry.

“You never know when something like this will spark the love of science for a child,” said SMO Communications Director Lindsay Thomas. “Hopefully the next president of the science museum is outside watching with us today.”

The path of totality consisted of a 70-mile wide stretch from the Oregon coast to the South Carolina coast, with 12 states in between. SMO provided a live feed showing the eclipse in Oklahoma in addition to streaming NASA’s live feed.

SMO deserves a round of applause for hosting today, engaging the community and making this rare event fun and exciting for people of all ages.

Social media also played a role in engaging the public through an impromptu eclipse discussion community online before, during and after with #SolarEclipse2017.

The next total eclipse is expected on April 8, 2024, and will track northeast from Texas to Maine. It will also be visible from the entire contiguous continental states, but calculations show that it will take about 1,000 years for every geographic location in the U.S. to be able to view a total solar eclipse.

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