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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

April 8 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Don’t miss your chance to view the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024— it will be the last one visible in the U.S. until 2044! The Sun will reach 90% totality in Milwaukee on April 8. On that day, the Moon will block 90% of the Sun as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and the three align perfectly.

Stop by the UWM Union Ballroom and Spaights Plaza to enjoy free food, music, crafts, and of course viewing the solar eclipse (MAP). Students, employees, and members of the public are invited to stop by between classes or meetings, or make a whole day out of it. This is a rain or shine event! Peak visibility is at approximately 2:00 pm on April 8, 2024. 

• Weather permitting, view the eclipse through eclipse glasses and telescopes outside. Special glasses will be available for safely viewing the solar eclipse.  
• Enjoy free pizza, cookies, and beverages 
• Watch a NASA live stream of the total eclipse  
• Take a photo in our photo station or with Pounce 
• Get your craft on: Decorate your eclipse glasses and make galaxy slime and shrinky-dink keychains with the Studio Arts & Crafts Center 
• Learn how to cross stitch a space-themed pattern with the Women’s Resource Center 
• Make a mindfulness jar with the Student Health and Wellness Center 
• Get your face painted with Campus Activities Board

Those planning to travel out of town for the eclipse (or perhaps unable to join us on the day of the eclipse) can grab a free pair of eclipse glasses at the planetarium show “Prepare for the Solar Eclipse” on Friday, April 5. Guided by Director Jean Creighton, this show dives into the basics of how eclipses work and what we learn from them.  

UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium

1900 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211