On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will take place across the United States – the first time in 99 years!
While Florida won’t have a view of the eclipse in its entirety, we will still see some effects locally. When the sun disappears behind the moon, viewers in Florida will see the moon overlapping the sun, or “taking a bite out of it.” This will take place from about 1 – 4 p.m. The shadow of the moon will move from west to east. (NOTE: Gardens open at Noon on this day during the Dog Days of Summer).
Selby Gardens’ education volunteers will provide a fun, casual activity to build a paper pinhole viewer to safely watch the eclipse. (Glasses will not be provided; guests need to provide their own*). Materials will be available for pickup at the Kids Corner.
*Remember, anyone planning to view the eclipse needs to protect their eyes and should not look directly at the sun.
The next time a solar eclipse takes place in the United States will be 2024 in Texas.