Hickory – Catawba Science Center is excited to announce a free event on the day of the solar eclipse.  From 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday August 21st, there will be various activities for families to participate in surrounding the time of the actual eclipse. This event is completely free and will take place rain or shine.

The Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will be live streaming the eclipse indoors, with crafts and activities taking place.

In the Millholland Planetarium there will be a short planetarium show about the eclipse playing repeatedly between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, and an informational video on the eclipse playing in the Drendel Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Arts and Science Building.

Also on site, the Hickory Museum of Art will have face painting and crafts related to solar viewers. There will be free giveaways to the first 250 people to show up, and free snacks and refreshments available.  The eclipse will be at 97.2% (maximum for this area) around 2:30 pm in the Catawba Valley, so guests should plan to arrive early so as to not miss the big moment, weather permitting.

This event is sponsored by Vanguard Furniture, and hosted by Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, Catawba Science Center, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory Public Library, and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

This year’s celestial event is an exciting one, and the Catawba Science Center wants to make sure everyone is able to view the event safely.

Visit  for more information on solar eclipse safety.