SHU Planetarium to host eclipse viewing April 8

FAIRFIELD—The Sacred Heart University Discovery Science Center & Planetarium (DSCP) is hosting a viewing event of the solar eclipse on April 8.

Through sponsorship from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium and Avangrid, all visitors will be granted free admission to DSCP. During viewing, DSCP will have solar scopes available in addition to individual safe viewing glasses. They will also offer pinhole projector activities for those interested. Weather permitting, DSCP will have a livestream from the path of totality provided by Elliot Severn, planetarium and technology director, who will be in Texas for the rare event.

Throughout the next month, the DSCP will be putting together facilitator resources and guides for how to talk about eclipses for schools, families and anyone interested. Information on eclipses is available now at

Eclipse glasses are available at DSCP gift shop now (while supplies last) with bundle discounts.

Leading up to the event, Severn, SHU professor and Planetarium and Technology Director at the DSCP, will be available to comment on the solar eclipse. Severn teaches astronomy at SHU and manages the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium at DSCP. The digital full-dome theater features a seamless 33-foot diameter dome and a dual-projector 4k laser projection system.

Viewing opportunities will be weather permitting from about 2 to 4:30 pm. Peak viewing will be around 3:20 pm. Visitors are welcome to come any time during the DSCP hours.