Solar Eclipse Celebration

Solar Eclipse Celebration

On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. This eclipse will be visible to millions of people in the Western Hemisphere, and we’re celebrating all week long with out-of-this-world activities for the whole family!

Eclipse Viewing Glasses Giveaway
October 1 - 14
Prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse by grabbing a free pair of viewing glasses from the Moorpark City Library, while supplies last!  

Eclipse Chalk Art
Monday, October 9, from 4 - 6 PM
Long before there were cameras or telescopes, eclipse watchers recorded what they saw in the sky in words, drawings, and paintings. Have fun creating your own picture of a solar eclipse with chalk and paper!

Pocket Solar System
Tuesday, October 10, from 4 - 6 PM
Building scale models of the Solar System is a challenge because of the vast distances and huge size differences involved. Create a simple model to give you an overview of the distances between the planets and other objects in our Solar System. 

Twinkle Twinkle Storytime
Wednesday, October 11, from 10:30 - 11:15 AM
Join Ms. Kellsie for out-of-this world stories, songs, and play related to the solar system!

UV Kid
Thursday, October 12, from 4 - 6 PM
Using common craft materials and ultraviolet (UV)-sensitive beads, we’ll test a variety of materials that might protect UV Kid — and ourselves! — from being exposed to too much UV radiation.

DIY Sun Clock
Friday, October 13, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Construct your own Sun Clock – small enough to keep in your pocket – and explore how to orient your clocks correctly for them to function accurately. 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Bring your family and be part of an unforgettable celestial experience! On Saturday, October 14, the skies above Moorpark will grace us with a breathtaking solar eclipse. Join us at the community park next to the Library for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party! There will be plenty of opportunities to view the eclipse and enjoy a fun morning out.

Please note: Special equipment is needed to observe the eclipse. IT IS NOT SAFE TO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN DURING A SOLAR ECLIPSE. Looking directly at the eclipse can cause permanent eye damage.

The Eclipse Soundscapes Project

The Eclipse Soundscapes Project is a NASA Citizen Science project funded by NASA Science Activation that is studying how eclipses affect life on Earth during the October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Eclipse Soundscapes will revisit an eclipse study from almost 100 years ago that showed that animals and insects are affected by solar eclipses! Like this study from 100 years ago, ES will ask for the public’s help. ES will also use modern technology to continue to study how solar eclipses affect life on Earth! 

Learn more about the science and 100 year old Eclipse study!

We need your help! Eclipse Soundscapes is collecting your multi-sensory observations and recorded sound data from the October 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse and the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse.  The observations and sound data collected will help us understand the impact of 2023, and 2024 solar eclipses on various U.S. ecosystems.

Learn how you can participate in the Eclipse Soundscapes Project!


The Moorpark City Library would like to thank STAR_Net for donating the viewing glasses. STAR_Net is a production of the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA).