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Join the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on the afternoon of Thursday, October 23, to view the partial solar eclipse.

The Fleet will have educators and staff members available to answer questions and demonstrate safe viewing techniques. *** Resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, is available for media interviews in advance or during the eclipse.

October 21, 2014

On Thursday, October 23, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the path of the moon will begin to intersect the light from the sun and a partial solar eclipse will become visible in the San Diego sky. The eclipse will peak at approximately 3:33 p.m. and end at 4:42 p.m. Less than 50% of the Sun will be covered from our viewpoint in San Diego, but the quality of light outside should be noticeably different.

During the eclipse, Fleet educators and staff will be in the plaza directly in front of the Science Center to answer questions and demonstrate how to create a pinhole viewer to safely view the eclipse. Eclipse Shades viewing glasses will also be available at the North Star Science Store.

Special equipment is needed to observe the eclipse. IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN DURING A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE! Looking directly at the eclipse can cause permanent eye damage.

The news media and the public are welcome to join us to safely observe this unique celestial event.

Fleet resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, will be in attendance for media interviews. She can answer questions about the science behind the eclipse and the safest ways to observe the phenomenon. Dr. Will can also be available for on-site and in-studio media opportunities to discuss the eclipse in the morning prior to the event, on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 23.

The Fleet is a popular congregating spot for observing astronomical events such as eclipses. News media are sure to find many people looking at the eclipse through pinhole viewers, Eclipse Shade viewing glasses and perhaps even telescopes and projection screens. The Fleet will also have a School in the Park class in session observing the eclipse with their instructor.

This will be the most prominent solar eclipse visible in San Diego until August 2017. The last visble solar eclipse for San Diego was in May 2012.

To schedule an interview or media appearance, please contact Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or

WHEN:            Thursday, October 23, from 2:15 p.m. to 4:42 p.m.

WHERE:         Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
                        1875 El Prado in Balboa Park



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About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit