Charlie Cardinal wearing eclipse glasses amongst a group of BSU students
Start: October 14, 2023 11:30 a.m.
End: October 14, 2023 2:30 p.m.

Experience the partial solar eclipse at Ball State University’s Community Block Party as you partake in hands-on science and art activities. Join us as we come together during this celebration that includes a family activities, food trucks, and more!

This event is planned during the annular solar eclipse visible by only a small fraction of the world (weather permitting, with proper eye protection). While we will not see the full annular event at Ball State, we have the chance to see a partial solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse begins at 11:41 a.m., and the Moon will continue to block out more of the Sun until maximum occurs at 1:03 p.m. The partial solar eclipse will then end at 2:28 p.m. This will be a great experience to help get us excited for the Total Solar Eclipse coming to Muncie on April 8, 2024—an amazing and rare opportunity for our community!


When: Saturday: Oct. 14, from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Who: Everyone is invited! Community friends, families, students… everyone!
Cost: FREE, cash donations accepted
Where: Due to expected weather, the event will be at the Brown Planetarium and adjacent Cooper Science Building.


Remember, you need proper eye protection to safely watch solar eclipses. Learn more about this solar eclipse and others online at or



  • Free Ball State solar eclipse glasses 
  • Hands-on science and art activities and stations
  • Food trucks 
  • Solar telescopes (weather permitting)
  • Live-streaming of the eclipse from the path of annularity
  • Planetarium Shows (11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm)
  • Information about the Total Solar Eclipse coming to Muncie on April 8, 2024

This event is made possible by the Charles W. Brown Planetarium and the Office of Community Engagement at Ball State University, with partial support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.