Special Events

Hayden Special Event: Total Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21

Total Solar Eclipse of the sun

On the afternoon of August 21, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking out the Sun for about 3 minutes in a swath of  North America stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. While New York is not in this “path of totality,” we will be able to see the Moon cover more than 70 percent of the Sun. Join us in the Rose Center for Earth and Space for NASA’s live broadcast of the Total Solar Eclipse and learn more about this rare celestial event.


Please note: 

  • The Arthur Ross Terrace will be open Monday August 21st from 1pm – 4pm for the Eclipse event. Lawn chairs and blankets are not permitted.
  • Seating will be limited
  • Accessible entry at 81st Street Entrance


Come Prepared! Purchase Eclipse Glasses: Resources for solar filters and solar eclipse viewing


Can't join us? Watch from home!


Event Schedule:

12:00 pm – Information available in the Cullman Hall of The Universe

12:30 pm – Pop-up talk given by Brian Levine followed by Q&A (seating is limited)

1:30 pm – Outside Viewing (Rose Center for Earth Space and the Arthur Ross Terrace)

4:00 pm – Event ends


Phases of the Eclipse for NYC

1:23 pm – Start

2:44pm – Peak of totality (over 70 percent coverage)

4:00pm – End



Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.