The North American solar eclipse is happening next week, and, thanks to the black-out hype, people are having trouble getting their hands on protective viewing glasses.
The Adler Planetarium is also hosting "Chicago's Eclipse Fest", a free block party with music, games, solar activities and safe views of the eclipse.
"You won't get the stars coming out, you won't get to see the sun's outer atmosphere and some of the particularly attractive aspects of a total solar eclipse but it is still a very rare event and certainly it's one to be seen and one to be experienced", said Dr. Wolf-Chase, "Please protect your eyes".
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The Planetarium will give away 200 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses, with additional pairs available for purchase for $2. CST, the moon will start to block our view of the Sun, covering up to 87 percent of it by 1:19 p.m. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (9:30 a.m.to 6 p.m.) -"Mad Science" show live on stage - beginning at 10:30 a.m. -Observing 101: An eclipse viewing demonstration - 11:15 a.m. -Fun in the Sun: A solar oven building demonstration by Kyle Sater, Manager of Program Development - 4:15 p.m.
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