Solar Eclipse

Go See It!: Total Solar Eclipse by Professor Chris Sorensen

Thursday, March 14
6-7 p.m.
FHDC 1st floor
No Cost

On April 8, 2024, a TOTAL eclipse of the sun will be visible along a narrow swath across the United States. At his talk, Professor Chris Sorensen will describe what eclipses are, what to expect to see in the path of totality, where and when it will occur, and how to prepare so you can gain the grandest possible experience. This talk is free and open to the public; exhibits will not be open.

Christopher Sorensen is the Cortelyou-Rust University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at Kansas State University and Vice President for Research and Design at Hydrograph, a startup based on his discoveries. He is an avid amateur astronomer who is spearheading the Solar Eclipse viewing activities at K-State. He has won numerous teaching awards and enjoys sharing his love of the night sky with others. Free and open to all ages.

Make-It! Workshop: Solar Viewer

Saturday, March 30
10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
FHDC Classroom
$5 per youth and adult pair

The Make It! Workshop series is an opportunity for youth and adults to work together to build a unique Solar Viewer. Each program is designed for one youth and one adult to work together, learn new skills, and have fun in the process! 

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will be visible from Manhattan. Join us and the K-State Physics Department as you build your very own take home solar viewer. We’ll provide all the tools, supplies, and materials you need. K-State Physics will help you build and teach you how to use your solar viewer and explain why it works to see the eclipse safely! Pre-registration is required and opens on Monday, March 4 at 8 a.m. online, by phone at 785-587-2726, or in person at the Discovery Center. Register for either the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. session. Cost does not include admission to the exhibits.

What to Expect: Solar Eclipse by Professor Chris Sorensen

Thursday, April 4
6-7 p.m.
No Cost
Flint Hills Discovery Center 1st floor

On April 8, 2024, a TOTAL eclipse of the sun will be visible along a narrow swath across the United States. At his talk, Professor Chris Sorensen will describe what eclipses are, where and when it will occur, how to prepare so that you will gain the grandest possible experience, and what to expect to see in Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the public; exhibits will not be open.

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Monday, April 8
FHDC/Blue Earth Plaza

Enjoy astronomy themed activities at our celebration of the Solar Eclipse. Join us as we view the 85% solar eclipse from Blue Earth Plaza with local astronomers. The Discovery Center will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with additional activities inside. There is no cost to view the solar eclipse; inside activities included with admission to the Discovery Center.