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Explore Eclipses and Rochester’s View of Them at Strasenburgh Planetarium Show

    ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Strasenburgh Planetarium sheds light on the upcoming solar eclipses, how they happen and where to best watch them in Rochester, in an all-new star show, Eclipses 2017 and 2024. For older children and adults, Eclipses 2017 and 2024 will only be showing on select dates and times from Saturday, February 4 through Saturday, March 4, then again July 1 though September 9 with additional performances on the date of the 2017 eclipse, August 21.

    On August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across North America, producing a solar eclipse visible from all parts of the continental U.S. In Rochester’s sky, 70 percent of the Sun will be covered at mid-eclipse. Audiences discover what makes eclipses happen, what to watch for, and where to go if they want to see it in totality. Guests also get a preview of April 8, 2024, when Rochester gets its first total solar eclipse since 1925!

    In the second half of the show, the Planetarium’s giant star projector rises into action, and an expert presenter conducts a live tour of stars, constellations and planets of the current sky.

    Eclipses 2017 and 2024 is recommended for older children and adults and lasts about an hour. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, college students with ID, and ages 3–18, and free for RMSC members.

    Special solar viewing activities will take place at RMSC on eclipse day, Monday, August 21. Watch for updates as the date approaches. The complete Planetarium show schedule and other details are available at

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    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.