Local stargazers view the solar eclipse at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Luke Swetland, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History gets a glimpse of the solar eclipse with Jill Stassinos of Carpinteria and Dawn Dean of Eugene, Oregon.        

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Santa Barbara, CA, August 21, 2017—A unique celestial event made an appearance to stargazers in the United States for the first time in nearly a century.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History invited the community to “Experience the Eclipse,” a solar eclipse viewing party held the morning of Monday, August 21 at the Museum’s Palmer Observatory.

Museum personnel were on hand to provide astronomy information to visitors and help maneuver the observatory’s state-of-the-art 20-inch telescope to watch the sun and moon’s performance.

“This event gave our guests the chance to catch a glimpse of this unique sighting,” said Javier Rivera, Astronomy Programs Manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. “Our goal was to provide a fun, educational opportunity for the community to come together to learn about the mysteries of space.”

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit www.sbnature.org.

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