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UWM Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UWM Campus | Free

Everyone is invited to come to the NASA-sponsored viewing event of the partial solar eclipse. Special viewing glasses will be available for purchase for safely seeing the solar eclipse. Enjoy live music from The Belle Weathers; a raffle with cash and gift certificate prizes; food and beverages from Meat on the Street (for purchase); lawn games; a bounce house; and more. Bring your own picnic materials and games. RSVPs are not required. A $5 donation is suggested. The celebration will be held on the UWM campus next to the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC) on 3135 N. Maryland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211.

Also see our theatrical production, The Sun’s Disappearing Act, exploring the science, history, and culture of solar eclipses. The show will be playing at 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday.

Note: The 11:15 a.m. show is sold out. If you have tickets and don’t need to purchase glasses, please go straight to the UW-Milwaukee (UWM) Planetarium in the Physics building (Physics 139). If you want to purchase glasses, you will need to go to the welcome table.

There will be short presentations throughout the event, Eclipse 101, with important information about this celestial phenomenon. These presentations will be in the Physics building on the corner of Kenwood Boulevard and Cramer Street (1900 East Kenwood Boulevard).


UWM Planetarium

The Manfred Olson Planetarium, located on the UWM campus, presents a variety of astronomy programs open to the public. In addition, we offer planetarium shows and activities for private groups, such as schools, scouts, and birthday celebrations.

The UWM Planetarium is open to the public during specific scheduled programs; please see the calendar to the right. Private programs for groups by appointment.


You are welcome to support our mission by donating at our give page.

Planetarium Members get unlimited access to all shows along with invitations to special members only events! Plans start as low as $15/year. Check them out here.


Click here for our 2016 Report!


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