February 09, 2024 | By Eric Smith, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The entire state of Indiana can witness the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. However, only cities and towns within the 115-mile-wide path of totality can see the true solar eclipse. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is directly in that path. The iconic racetrack is capitalizing on the phenomenon by opening its gates for the public to witness something that hasn’t happened in 819 years and won’t happen again for another 129 years. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has joined forces with another Indiana institution, Purdue University, as the presenting sponsor for the historic event. The Total Solar Eclipse Event at IMS presented by Purdue University will be one of the nation’s most prominent viewing events for the once-in-a-generation phenomenon. Chosen as one of only a few NASA broadcast sites that day, IMS will draw all eyes to Indianapolis, located in the heart of the path of totality. The exciting day of programming and festivities will feature Boilermaker experts, alumni, students, and more during the in-person event and broadcast across the world. But that's not all - Indianapolis Motor Speedway has partnered with Purdue University to present one of the nation's most prominent viewing events for this historic phenomenon. The Total Solar Eclipse Event at IMS presented by Purdue University is going to be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
This is an opportunity to witness something that hasn't happened in 819 years and won't happen again for another 129 years! IMS has been chosen as one of only a few NASA broadcast sites that day, and the event will be broadcast across the world. So, people from all over the globe will be tuning in to witness this incredible spectacle.
The exciting day of programming and festivities will feature Boilermaker experts, alums, , students, and more during the in-person event. And that's not all. Purdue and IMS will collaborate on special exhibits inside the track to educate fans about space, racing, and their unique tie-ins.
From a STEM symposium with presentations, displays, and exhibits, to a booth featuring Purdue, NASA, Indiana Space Grant Consortium, and NearSpace Education experts, to a data balloon launch, as well as Kiss The Bricks Tours, autograph sessions with NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and astronauts and an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car taking demonstration laps, there will be something for everyone at this event.
So, take advantage of this incredible opportunity to witness history. Tickets and more information for The Total Solar Eclipse Event at IMS presented by Purdue University are available now. See you there!