Annie’s STEM Lab: What is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

by Annie Savinon

Happy November to All! Maybe you have been wondering where your favorite STEM Educator has been?! On May 25th, 2023, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world, our son, August Riley! I am so thankful to have had time with my baby boy this summer and to create lasting memories together!

It is also so wonderful to be back with my Explore & More family here in the museum! Now let’s kick off my return to work with a very exciting topic…. THE ECLIPSE! 

Now, I know what you may be thinking, the Eclipse is not until April 2024! However, I am talking about the partial eclipse that just happened in October! You may not be as familiar with this occurrence since we were not able to view it here in Buffalo. The best views of this partial eclipse were in the western and southern states. A partial solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but the Sun, Moon, and Earth are not completely lined up. Since we were viewing from Earth, we could see the Moon in front of the Sun, creating what some call, “a ring of fire!” Look at the photo, taken by Space.com editor Brett Tingley where he captured this moment from Nevada!

For a “partial” viewing, this is still a very special occurrence, and has many stargazers excited for the full eclipse coming soon in April! Another fun resource to reference about this partial eclipse is this video from a newscast from 5news in Arkansas!

Please keep checking the Explore and More website to see what fun events and opportunities we will offer in the Museum in regard to the eclipse in April 2024! If you check out our website now, you will see our next Grown Up Night of Play, Total Eclipse of the Heart, is February 16th at 6:30! Tickets are available now! 

Field trips are back! Please be aware that it will be busier than usual. | Explore & More will be closed on Sunday, June 16.