2017 Eclipse Activities


Total Eclipse on August 21, 2017

David Brin Public Service Announcement

David is best-known for shining light — plausibly and entertainingly — on technology, society, and countless challenges confronting our rambunctious civilization. His best-selling novels include The Postman (filmed in 1997) plus explorations of our near-future in Earth and Existence. As a scientist, tech consultant, and award-winning author, he speaks, advises, and writes widely on topics from national defense and homeland security to astronomy and space exploration. David serves as one of the Museum’s Board of Advisors.

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NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium

NASA HEC Pavilion at Escape Velocity 2017
The Museum of Science Fiction is delighted to extend 45 room-nights for HEC team members to showcase their 2017 Eclipse activities on the Escape Velocity exhibition floor. This will be an excellent opportunity for post-eclipse event public outreach and present highlights and research findings in a large public setting. In coordination with NASA as an Escape Velocity sponsor, we will offer free exhibition hall booth space, eclipse discussion panels, demonstrations, hands-on activities, an education room, and the ePlanetarium (courtesy of Pat Reiff). To learn more about the event, please go to: https://escapevelocity.events

If you would like to exhibit at Escape Velocity and reserve floor space with free hotel accommodations (limited to the first 15 people),  please send an email to: info@museumofsciencefiction.org and include the name of your organization, title and short description of your project, and any other special requirements.


Film Screening: Pitch Black

Tuesday, April 11
Join us for a free screening of Pitch Black. On April 11, the Museum of Science Fiction and American University will screen the film, Pitch Black starring Vin Diesel. Before the film, Astrophysicist Dr. Sten Odenwald from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will discuss the film's use of an eclipse involving multiple planets and three suns.

Log line: When their ship crashes on an unexplored planet, the survivors soon discover that this planet that is normally always in sunlight is heading for a prolonged eclipse that will bring out deadly nocturnal creatures. Will a prison convict (Vin Diesel) being transported on the ship end up being the one man who can lead the survivors off the planet?

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 7:30 pm

American University
School of Communication
McKinley Building, Doyle-Forman Theater
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Parking is open on campus after 5pm

Admission is free. The first 100 attendees will also get free Google eclipse glasses and a free Friday pass to Escape Velocity 2017, the Museum’s annual science fiction convention! To learn more about Escape Velocity, click here.