Macon Museum Prepares For Solar Eclipse

Jul 6, 2017


For the first time since 1918, the entire continental United States is going to experience a solar eclipse. And though it won’t be his first, Paul Fisher is looking forward to the eclipse on August 21.

"I've always really found them to be more exciting than I expected them to be," Fisher said.

Fisher is the science curator and planetarium director at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. This summer, he’s spending a lot of time educating guests on what exactly is about to happen.

"Well, the moon is going to actually move in front of the sun which is typically only does, typically twice a year," he said.

Susan Mays wants the museum to be middle Georgia’s home base for the big day, and the weeks leading up to it. She's the museum’s education curator, and she’s been working on eclipse preparation.

"We are doing a series of different things this summer related to the solar eclipse that's coming on August 21st," she said.

The museum is running weekly educational programs throughout the summer, including Cosmic Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

"We're doing something different related to space every week," Mays said.

On August 21, they’ll show NASA’s live stream of the eclipse, which will start on the West Coast and work its way to Georgia by mid-afternoon.

"We're gonna be in the 94-96 percent totality, so we'll have a chance to have a pretty good picture," Mays said. "A pretty good look at the eclipse here."

Columbia, South Carolina, is the closest place where you’ll actually be able to see 100 percent of the sun’s disc covered by the moon. But here in Macon, you’ll still be really close.