Local Happenings: Pacific Region
Total Solar Eclipse
Tickets: $8 adult/$5 youth
Stay up late on the 28th or get up early on the 29th and view a live Webcast of the total solar eclipse, broadcast from Turkey. Hear a guest speaker talk about eclipses and provide commentary on the eclipse happening in Turkey.
Overnight Eclipse Viewing
Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Last admission at 11:30 p.m.
Live program from Side, Turkey, begins at 2:00 a.m.
The museum will close on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:00 a.m.
Bring your sleeping bags and snacks. The Exploratorium will provide the coffee, while it lasts.
We will be open all night and invite you to watch one of the most spectacular of all celestial events. A total solar eclipse will occur as the moon moves directly between the earth and the sun. The moon's shadow will fall on the earth, first darkening the eastern tip of Brazil, then moving across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa and into Turkey, where an Exploratorium team will be waiting in a second-century Roman outdoor theater. Inside the museum, roving astronomers will be on hand to answer questions. Do hands-on science and astronomy activities; experience traditional Turkish dancers and music, and take part in traditional Turkish crafts such as mosaics, calligraphy, and paper marbling. In addition, there will be Brazilian capoeira dancing and music, and African mask and puppet making. A game room will feature games from the path of totality, including backgammon, the national game of Turkey. For information and reservations, please call 415/561-0308.
Tickets for the event are $15.00 for adults (18-64), $12.00 for seniors and students (13+), and $ 10.00 for ages 4 through 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Tickets for Members are only $8.00 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door until 11:30 p.m. No admission after 11:30 p.m.
Bishop Museum continues to bring the fun out of the facts and mysteries of science with the 2nd annual Mad About Science Festival. Through hands-on activities, experiments, and entertaining shows, children of all ages will learn more about the world of geology, archeology, biology, botany, ecology, and more. The Mad About Science Festival will also take a special look at the environment and wildlife of Hawai‘i, through special activity booths featuring the Waikiki Aquarium, Board of Water Supply and more. This year will be the first with the new Science Adventure Center open, offering another venue for cool scientific discovery. Plus, it will be open to 9 p.m. allowing guests the chance to see the beautiful evening eruptions of the 26 ft. tall volcano. Enjoy special planetarium and StarLab shows. Interact with real scientist through free behind-the-scenes tours of the Natural Science Collections.
All of the Museum galleries are open, including the “Sesame Street Presents: THE BODY” and "Ho‘ohuli, To Turn Around" exhibits. The museum will also debut the new Science On A Sphere exhibit. Suspended from a custom-made aluminum structure, a 68-inch, 200 lbs. White fiberglass sphere serves as a 3-D movie screen to display full color animated images from satellites and other sources of geophysical and astronomical data. The Science On A Sphere will debut with special data sets projecting vivid images of Earth, the Moon, Venus and Mars, allowing visitors to see these planets like never before.
Admission is just $3 for local residents and military. Bishop Museum members and children 3 and under are free. The 2nd Annual Mad About Science Festival is made possible with the support of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and KSSK. Science on a Sphere is made possible with the support of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org for more information.
Eclipse shadows travel at 1,100 miles per hour at the equator and up to 5,000 miles per hour near the poles.