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Make your own Orrery Model during WonderLab’s Fall Maker Workshop. Why do we only see one side of the moon? Why does the moon have phases and why does it happen every 29.5 days? Does a solar eclipse happen around the whole world?

Find out about the vastness of space when you build a model (not to scale) that illustrates why eclipses occur and how we can predict them. Orrery models demonstrate how the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. These models are used to demonstrate moon phases, and illustrate the science of how lunar and solar eclipses happen. 

Tap into your inner artist during this hands-on workshop that brings together sculpture, mixed media, and movement. 

All materials provided. 

On Saturday, October 14, 2023 Bloomington will experience a partial solar eclipse (45% percent) nearly six months before the 2024 Solar Eclipse. Join WonderLab as we kick off six months of astronomy and solar science fun! Part of WonderLab’s 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Series.

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is a part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.

Recommended Ages4th-8th grade, for ages 9 to 16

Dates and TimesSaturday, October 14th, 3 – 5pm (not during the partial eclipse)

On-line Ticket Price Includes Cost of Museum Admission:

  • Non-member $22 ($14 admission + $8 program)
  • Member $8  ($0 Admission + $8 program)
  • Access Pass $6 ($2 admission + $4 program)
  • PLEASE NOTE: On-line ticket sales end Thursday, October 12, 2023.

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