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SMSU Planetarium to Present Eclipse Shows

Published Sunday, March 17, 2024

Illustration of 80% coverage in a solar eclipse
Illustration of 80% coverage in a solar eclipse

The Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium will host “Lights Out! Eclipses: Whys! Wonders! Wows!” The show will be presented on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m.; Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m.; and Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Science and Math Building, Room 178.

The special program will feature astronomer, Dr. Melinda Soares-Furtado, and focuses on the upcoming eclipse that will cross North America on Monday, April 8, 2024. This total solar eclipse will pass over portions of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Marshall will be in the zone that will see approximately 80% coverage of the sun during the eclipse. 

Admission is $5, tickets are only sold at the door. SMSU Students are free with their student I.D. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a good seat! Once the show begins the doors close and no entry is permitted. Special eclipse glasses will be available for purchase following each show. The eclipse glasses are $4 each and allow safe observation of a solar eclipse.

For questions, contact Dr. Ken Murphy, planetarium director, at or 507-537-6173. [PLEASE FOLLOW, LIKE & SHARE].



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