Preclipse Event at Edgerton Explorit Center

On Sunday, August 21, the Edgerton Explorit Center offers Preclipse, a one-year countdown to the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. Special activities -- including the public debut of the center's new portable planetarium -- will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Regular center admission of $8.25 per person is charged; seniors are $7.00 each with children 2 and under free.
"Many people here are unaware that this rare and spectacular event -- a total solar eclipse -- is coming to us. This region will not see another until the 28th century," says senior educator Dan Glomski. "We'll have thousands of people from all over the world coming to see this."
Events held during Preclipse include:
  • High-altitude balloon launch
  • Sneak preview of episode of NET Kids TV show Ready Jet Go!
  • Character Jet from Ready Jet Go!
  • Safe viewing of the Sun through filtered telescopes
  • Public debut of new portable planetarium
"We're especially excited about the debut of our portable planetarium," says executive director Mary Molliconi.
The new planetarium features a 5-meter inflatable dome; inside, a full-dome image of the sky is generated from a video projector equipped with a fish-eye lens. The system can also show full dome video movies from NASA and various commercial sources.
"It's really amazing," says Glomski. "We're planning to travel with it throughout the state to schools and libraries. We think the planetarium will be really popular as more and more people find out about the eclipse and want to know more about it. Interest in astronomy as a whole will be also be very high as eclipse time nears."
The schedule of events for the Preclipse will partly depend on weather. For more information, please contact Mary Molliconi at 402-694-4032 or

Total Solar Eclipse

One of the rarest and most spectacular sights in nature, the path of a total solar eclipse visits Aurora and the Edgerton Explorit Center! During the early afternoon, the Moon completely covers the Sun for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. A total solar eclipse has not occurred over this area since 1194, and will not occur again until 2744. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and thousands of people from across and country and around the world will travel thousands to miles to be inside the path of the Moon's shadow!

Edgerton mad scientist and educator Dan Glomski is a longtime amateur astronomer and planetarium educator who has conducted many nighttime stargazing and daytime sunviewing sessions. Dan can tell you how spectacular the total eclipse will be -- he's seen one!

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  • Party Room
  • Personalized Cake, Ice Cream and Drinks
  • 30 minute Science Demonstration
  • Birthday message displayed on electronic sign
  • Complimentary Goody Bags ($5 value)

*$150.00 for Edgerton members / $200 for non-members
$8.00 for each additional party guest
$6.25 regular admission fee for adults
*parents and grandparents of birthday boy/girl admitted free.

Additional Costs:
$40.00 for additional science demonstration or lab



The Super Science Saturday Program includes demonstrations by our educators and special guests along with an emphasis on hands-on lab experiences. The program also places an emphasis on not only delivering a solid real-time learning experience but also provide materials for attendees to use and learn from as a family when they return home.

The program runs from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Edgerton Explorit Center unless otherwise specified.

September 12: Monarch butterfly tagging
Oct 10: High-altitude balloon launch (9:00a start)
Nov 7: Raptor Recovery
Dec 12: Maker's Fair
Jan 9: Pinhole photography
Feb 13: Eyes Wide Open
Mar 5: Weather (with NWS)
Apr 23: Go Fly a Kite
Apr 23: Kites


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