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The Solar Eclipse
This summer, it’s all about the eclipse.
Come out and watch one of the most spectacular astronomical events from the museum’s Science Plaza on Monday, August 21. Our expert astronomy team will be on hand to make sure you’re safely studying the sky using our solar eclipse viewing glasses* and solar telescopes.
We’ll also be live-streaming the NASA Eclipse Megacast, featuring scientists and members of the public across the country as they watch and study the eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, causing the Moon to temporarily cast its shadow on Earth. Solar eclipses happen about twice a year—although not all of them are total—and total eclipses are only visible to those located in the path of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the Earth.
For the first time in 38 years, a total eclipse will be visible from the continental United States, and for the first time in 99 years it will cross from one coast to the other. While Miami falls just outside of the 100-mile path of totality, the city will still be able to witness a partial solar eclipse, with an impressive 80% of the sun’s surface shadowed by the Moon. The event will begin at 1:26 p.m. and end at 4:20 p.m., with max eclipse viewing occurring at 2:58 p.m.
After August 21, the next total eclipse will take place on July 2, 2019, and will only be visible from certain regions in Chile and Argentina. The next one over North America will visit Mexico, the United States, and Canada on April 8, 2024, while the next one to cross the United States will not happen until August 12, 2045, when Florida will actually be on the path of totality.
Don’t miss the must-see celestial event of the year!
This event is weather permitting.
*Glasses will be distributed with museum general admission. While supplies last.