Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

On the morning of August 21st, as millions of people across the country gathered to witness a partial or total eclipse of the Sun (depending on their location), the fog was thick in the sky above the Hall in the Berkeley hills. That didn’t stop droves of would-be eclipse watchers from gathering on our plaza, eagerly awaiting the chance to come inside to watch a live stream from the path of totality and learn more about this spectacular event.

As early as 7:00 a.m., people began to line up to get access to eclipse activities and prepare for the big event. In Forces That Shape the Bay, Hall facilitators were on hand to explain how an eclipse occurs, using various scale-model activities. Some visitors showed their imagination by making their own pinhole viewers. Dozens of Members enjoyed snacks and creative activities in the Members’ Lounge, including new Members who joined the Hall out of an interest in the eclipse festivities.

The main event was streamed live at various locations around the Hall, including the National Geographic 3D Theater & Auditorium. In spite of the gloomy weather outside, the atmosphere inside was thick with excitement as the crowds counted down to the first glimpse of totality streaming from viewing sites in Oregon. As the Moon completely covered the Sun, the awe-inspiring scene was cheered by people across the Hall who were witnessing the rare and dramatic phenomenon.

We greatly appreciate everyone who came out to prepare for and enjoy the eclipse at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Despite the fog, Solar Eclipse Day was a big success!

More Coverage of the Eclipse at the Lawrence Hall of Science:

Berkeley News
KPIX 5
KQED
KRON 4

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