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 Celestia is a space software simulation to explore the universe in three dimensions. You can explore the Solar System or super clusters of galaxies and everything in between right from your desktop PC or Mac. The great thing about Celestia is that you are not confined to the surface of the Earth. You can change your vantage point to almost anywhere in the universe. Explore the moons orbiting other planets in our Solar System or our Moon. See eclipses and other events in real time. Best of all, Celestia is FREE to download. To download, click here.
Stellarium is free software that puts a planetarium on your desktop. The sky is presented in a very realistic way that is easy to comprehend. It contains a catalog of over 600,000 stars and more can be added as desired. Just set your latitude and longitude and you are all set. It has constellation artwork for twelve different cultures and all the Messier objects. It displays the Milky Way, planets and many other objects. To download, click here.
You can download free monthly star charts with information about sky events and objects that can be seen with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes. To download, click here. 
Track satellites like the ISS, space telescopes like Hubble or track notable comets and other satellites here

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On 2017 August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses the United States of America. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in northern Pacific and crosses the USA from west to east through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. The Moon’s penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering most of North America.

Check back to see what the Hastings Museum has planned on August 21, 2017 for the Total solar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Activity Calendar HERE

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