We’re excitedly counting down the days until the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017. While we won’t see a total eclipse here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy viewing the partial eclipse (about 80 percent coverage) that will be visible at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST.


Check out these solar eclipse viewing events happening on Monday, August 21:


INFINITY Science Center
Join INFINITY and its NASA partners for a day of activities surrounding the solar eclipse. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and are included with INFINITY admission. All museum guests will also receive complementary safety glasses for viewing the eclipse. Hands-on activity stations include: impact craters, pocket Solar System, phases of the Moon, eclipse viewer and more.


Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
This watch party happening from 12:30-2:30 p.m. will be a great event for the kids and is included with museum admission. Lynn Meadows will have some solar viewers available, but feel free to bring your own. Also, don’t miss their Solar Eclipse Preparation Workshop happening at Lynn Meadows on Friday, August 19.


St. Martin Library
The entire family is welcome to attend this free watch party at the St. Martin Library from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Complementary eclipse glasses will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Several libraries along the Coast are also hosting eclipse events and activities, so be sure to check at your nearest library branch.  


We hope you enjoy this rare eclipse viewing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! We will continue to add solar eclipse events and activities as information becomes available.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Eclipse Times:
Partial Eclipse begins at 11:59 am CDT
Partial Eclipse peaks at 1:31 pm CDT
Partial Eclipse ends at 2:58 pm CDT


Please follow solar viewing safety tips when viewing the solar eclipse.