Pasadena, CA (January 16, 2024) — With just 12 weeks remaining until the rare total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, The Planetary Society is excited to share an array of educational and engaging activities designed to enhance this celestial spectacle for enthusiasts and the public alike.
The Eclipse Map: Continuously updated, this interactive tool integrates cloud cover, light pollution, eclipse duration, and viewing locations, alongside lodging options, providing a one-stop solution for planning your eclipse adventure. The eclipse map was made in partnership with The Eclipse Company and can be viewed at https://theeclipse.company and planetary.org/eclipse.
Eclipse App Community Partner Program: Created to help communities in the path on eclipse day, the program will allow organizers to send important updates to visitors, coordinate safe viewing with a distraction-free eclipse timer, and showcase local parking, attractions, and other points of interest — all delivered in an easy to use, mobile app. For more information about the Partner Program, email [email protected].
Expert Eclipse Guide: Delve into expertly written resources and videos, offering in-depth insights into eclipse phenomena and how to experience them to the fullest. Journalists are welcome and encouraged to use these resources to support their storytelling, which can be found at planetary.org/eclipse.
Eclipse Course: In early February, join The Planetary Society’s online course designed to prepare participants for the eclipse, covering everything from scientific concepts to practical viewing tips. The course is available for free to all Planetary Society members and can be found at planetary.org/courses.
Eclipse-O-Rama 2024 in Fredericksburg, Texas: Our can’t-miss event offers a unique community viewing experience with live expert commentary, hands-on activities, and engaging exhibits. This two-day festival, graced by the presence of our CEO Bill Nye, Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd, Chief Astronomer Heidi Hammel, and more, features camping under the stars, optional banquet dinner, eclipse swag, insightful talks from scientists, and hands-on activities designed for space lovers. Tickets and info are available at planetary.org/eclipseorama2024.
Prizeo Campaign: One lucky winner and their friend will get to experience the eclipse alongside Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye, thanks to our partnership with Prizeo. Details on how to enter are available at https://www.prizeo.com/campaigns/l/bill-nye/watch-the-solar-eclipse.
Partnership with National Parks Service Junior Ranger Program: For the young explorers, The Planetary Society has teamed up with the National Parks Service Junior Ranger Program to offer a special eclipse-themed explorer booklet and limited edition Junior Ranger pin, available at participating parks. For more information, visit nps.gov/kids.
New Kids Book: Written by Planetary Society Chief Scientist Dr. Bruce Betts, “Casting Shadows: Solar and Lunar Eclipses with The Planetary Society” introduces kids at grades 2 to 4 levels to the different kinds of eclipses, when they happen, how to watch them, and cool things to look out for during an eclipse. “Casting Shadows” is the first release in a publishing partnership between The Planetary Society and Lerner Books. https://lernerbooks.com/shop/show/23238
Interviews with eclipse experts are available upon request. Please arrange with Danielle Gunn, chief communications officer, at [email protected]
Video of Planetary Society CEO announcing the Prizeo campaign to win an trip to see the eclipse with him and The Planetary Society.
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.