The Great American Eclipse happens on Aug. 21 and we’ve put together a list of events and information to know about. Check back often as we frequently update.
Is this a total eclipse or partial? Total, but we’ll see a partial in Miami-Dade County.
What’s the big deal, anyway? This eclipse will be visible from coast-to-coast, something that hasn’t happened in 99 years. The path of this total eclipse will cross 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina. While Miami is outside of the path, we’ll still witness a partial solar eclipse with an 80% of the sun’s surface shadowed by the moon.
What time does this occur? It begins at 1:26 pm Aug. 21 and ends at 4:20 pm, with maximum covering occurring at 2:58 pm.
Free events and limited glasses at Miami-Dade libraries
On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in some areas of the United States. A partial solar eclipse will be visible in South Florida.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System is holding free educational events to celebrate what’s being called the Great American Eclipse.
Please note that eclipse glasses will be distributed only during eclipse-themed events to library card holders and new library customers. Event registration is required. Please call or visit the branch to register. Quantities are limited. Limit one pair of solar eclipse glasses per library card holder.
- Countdown to the Solar Eclipse: Friday, Aug. 18, 3 pm at Pinecrest Branch
- Solar Eclipse Storytime: Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 am at West Dade Regional
- Countdown to the Solar Eclipse: Saturday, Aug. 19, 2 pm at Shenandoah Branch
Day of Solar Eclipse Events: Monday, Aug. 21
- 1:30 pm North Dade Regional
- 1:45 pm Arcola Lakes Branch
- 2 pm Naranja Branch
- 2:30 pm Coral Reef Branch
- 2:30 pm Coral Gables Branch
Watch the solar eclipse at the Frost Science Museum
View one of the most spectacular astronomical events from the museum’s Science Plaza on Aug. 21, if weather permits. Complimentary glasses with museum admission only—while supplies last. Glasses will be handed out starting at 9 am when the museum opens. Solar eclipse glasses are also currently available for purchase at the Science Store for $4.99.
Event runs from 1:25-4:10 pm. Click here for more information. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. Museum admission for Miami-Dade County residents at 15% off (proof of residency required) is $23.80 for adults, $17 for ages 3-11, free for children 2 and under and for museum members.
Do It Yourself: Make your own eclipse viewer
The Boy Scouts of America show us how to make a viewer. You will need 1) a shoebox, 2) square of foil, 3) square of white paper, 4) tape, 5) pin and 6) small exacto knife. Click here to watch the video.
Eclipse glasses at participating 7-Eleven stores
Pick up “Explore Scientific Sun Catcher” solar eclipse glasses at participating 7-Eleven stores for just $2.99. 7-Eleven is one of a handful of U.S. retailers listed on the AAS website selling glasses with the “ISO 12312-1” seal, indicating they meet international safety standards for filters to view the sun directly. Call your local store to see if it is participating. Click here to find your local store.
Watch the eclipse at the Deering Estate
The Southern Cross Astronomical Society will have professional telescopes set up at the Deering Estate on Aug. 21 from 1-4 pm. Protective glasses will be given out at the main gate beginning at 1 pm while supplies last, but folks are encouraged to bring their own AAS-approved eclipsed glasses. Cost: Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14). Free for Deering Estate Foundation Members.
Order eclipse glasses from the Astronomical League
Get your commemorative solar eclipse glasses from the Astronomical League, a non-profit federation of more than 290 Astronomical Societies and 16,000 members.
American Astronomical Society: On eclipse glasses
- Reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers
- How to tell if your eclipse glasses or viewers are safe
- Get free solar eclipse glasses at libraries across U.S. including Hialeah and North Miami Beach libraries