Stargazed Sandusky becomes SUNdusky for four days

Apr 2, 2024 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Sandusky will host the Total Eclipse of SUNdusky Festival on the Jackson Street Pier. (Submitted photo)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Sandusky is so stargazed over the upcoming solar eclipse that it changed its name – at least for a few days. To commemorate the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, the Sandusky City Commission issued a proclamation declaring Sandusky to be SUNdusky, USA on April 5-8. The city is celebrating the eclipse – and its fancy new moniker – with the four-day Total Eclipse of SUNdusky Festival.

A preparty cosmic educational program, When Day Becomes Dusk, hosted by Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Senior Astronomer, Nick Anderson, will be held at the Cedar Point Sports Center on April 3 at 6 p.m. Anderson holds degrees in astrophysics and planetarium studies and operates Mueller Observatory at the museum. There is no charge for the program.

Anderson will cover a number of topics about the eclipse.

“We’ll cover the basics – what’s happening in space. I’ll talk about the general alignment of the sun, moon and earth and how that relates to us here on earth,” Anderson said. “I’ll set some clear expectations about what we’ll see because this really is a surreal experience. I’ll talk about what to look for at different stages of the eclipse.”

Anderson will also cover eye safety.

“Some things are quite simple, and there are some things that nature provides for us,” he said.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Senior Astronomer, Nick Anderson, views a partial eclipse in 2014. (Submitted photo)

Anderson, who is a Sandusky native, will weave Sandusky connections into the program.

“I’ll get everyone excited for the eclipse,” he said. “Because it’s rare to see a total solar eclipse.”

The movie, “Little Shop of Horrors” will be shown on the Firelands Health Screen at the Jackson Street Pier on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., and the movie “Twilight: Eclipse” will be shown on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

A vendor market featuring local arts and crafts vendors and a caricaturist will be held on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, from noon to 7 p.m. and Monday, April 8, from noon – 4 p.m.

A Music Festival on the Jackson Street Pier in downtown Sandusky will kick off with a performance by Flyin Jays on Saturday, April 6, at noon. Live music will continue throughout the weekend, culminating with a watch party on the pier on April 8. Totality in Sandusky will begin at 3:12 p.m. and last three minutes and 45 seconds.

Sandusky will broadcast a live stream of the eclipse from NASA on the Firelands Health Screen, so the event can be viewed, even if it is cloudy.

For more information, visit www.cityofsandusky.com.

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