Free Solar Eclipse watching at Museum of Flight in Tukwila Monday


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Why struggle through heavy traffic driving south into Oregon and then scramble trying to find a viewing spot – to say nothing of possible food and gasoline shortages while there – for Monday’s historic solar eclipse?

Stay close to home and watch it at the Museum of Flight, located at Boeing Field (9404 E. Marginal Way S. in Tukwila; Exit 158 off I-5).

The museum and NASA are partnering for a free public event to watch the first total solar eclipse over the entire U.S. in 99 years. The first 1,000 visitors to the museum will receive ISO-certified safe, NASA-branded glasses for watching the eclipse.

Museum educators and NASA representatives will guide the public through the solar event from the museum lawn between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. The outdoor viewing and commentary are free.

And NASA’s Gulfstream III science aircraft is based at the museum this weekend for an airborne science mission to observe the eclipse. The plane will make observations of the solar event high over Oregon during the 10:12 a.m. total eclipse,

The aircraft is outfitted to conduct high-altitude observations of the total solar eclipse over Oregon, as part of the its comprehensive study of the event from land, air and space.

NASA’s Eclipse MegaCast live coverage of the event will be shown in the museum’s theater from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Viewing is free with admission to the Museum.

During eclipse coverage, Randy Albertson, the project manager for airborne science at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, will be available at the museum to answer questions from the public about the airborne science aircraft being used to capture the eclipse.

Note: Museum staff remind the public that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as both “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers that are certified to meet safety standards ISO 12312-2. Four companies have those standards: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

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