August 21, Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit the Deering Estate for a partial solar eclipse viewing on Monday, August 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Southern Cross Astronomical Society will have professional telescopes on site.
This year, sky watchers across the continental U.S. will have an opportunity to see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. Outside the path of totality, people will see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun’s disk.
Cost: Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14). Free for Deering Estate Foundation Members.
Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun’s disk. During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don’t align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. Sometimes, the Moon covers only a tiny part of the Sun’s disk. Other times a partial eclipse looks almost like a total eclipse.
Protect your eyes! Guests are asked to bring their own protective lenses (not sunglasses). Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without any protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. The best way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.
Please note: Protective glasses will be available at the main gate beginning at 1:00 pm with general admission/membership. While supplies last. You can also get your commemorative solar eclipse glasses from the Astronomical League.
Would you like to become an Eclipse Explorer? Earn Your Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger Badge at the Deering Estate!
The National Park Service, working together with the Planetary Society, brings you an all-new Junior Ranger booklet in honor of the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. This activity book is sure to make your first-hand viewing of this unique natural event a special experience for your visit to a National Park or public lands.
The special edition Junior Ranger booklet and badge will be available at the Deering Estate during it’s Partial Solar Eclipse viewing. Park Rangers from Biscayne National Park will be on-site. You can also download your own copy of the booklet.
You can earn a Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badge by completing the activities in the booklet for your age group: Earth (5-7), Moon (8-9) & Sun (ages 10+).
Please note that a limited number of these items are available.
Check out the special feature in Edible South Florida, which includes a great recipe for Solar Eclipse Moon Pies!
Photo credit: Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel