By Southwester Staff

Celebrate and observe the solar eclipse that will be visible all across North America on Monday, April 8, on the National Mall. The festival is a collaboration of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian museums, NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The event will run from noon to 4pm along the National Mall between 4th and 12th Streets. Browse the many activity stations to view the Sun in a variety of safe telescopes, and explore the different educational offerings from Smithsonian museums and partners. 

The eclipse will be visible in the Washington, DC area between 2:04pm and 4:32pm. Maximum eclipse will be at 3:20pm, with the Sun 87% covered by the Moon.

Event attendees are encouraged to bring their own solar eclipse viewers to the Festival. More information can be found at

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