Total Solar Eclipse: Live from the U.S.A

Program Element / Activity Title:
Total Solar Eclipse: Live from the U.S.A
E/PO Project Name:
Navigating the Path Of Totality
Contact Information:
Nicole Minor
Director of Moving Images

Museum: Pier 15, San Francisco, CA 94111
Mailing/Shipping: 17 Pier, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111
Program Element / Activity Website:
Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
Solar Probe Plus
Short Description:

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S.A. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed sun will be visible along a 60-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people are expected to travel to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covers the face of the sun.

People in the rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse. For those who can’t make it to the path, the Exploratorium, with our NASA partners, will be filming the event from two different locations and sharing it with the world by live stream. Audiences can join us on this website, by mobile phone, or at special events in the museum and other institutions across the globe.

Program Element / Activity Image / Visual:
Eclipse 2016 totality from Exploratorium
Awards Received:
Museums on the Web 2016 Gold GLAMi Award
"Spectacular, impressive and holistic recording and dissemination of a natural phenomenon. A great example of how cultural institutions can be open to current events and be relevant to people."

21st Annual Webby Awards 2017
Honoree: Total Solar Eclipse in the Websites - Education category.
Program Element / Activity Status
Please list products / materials that will result / have resulted from this program element / activity:
Name: Total Solar Eclipse
Status: Completed
Please share any additional updates or information about your program element / activity:
More news soon as the Exploratorium eclipse app and eclipse website prepare to launch!
Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
Who is the secondary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?:
Yes, please see final version of external evaluation report from 2016 eclipse, attached below.
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