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St. Augustine, Florida – On August 21, 2017, the United States will see a rare occurrence – a total solar eclipse. While we are just outside the “path of totality,” St. Augustine residents and visitors will be able to see about 90% of sun being covered by the moon’s shadow. Rangers and volunteers at Fort Matanzas National Monument have several activities planned to commemorate this exciting astronomical event.
In preparation for the eclipse, join us Friday, August 18th through Monday, August 21st to participate in activities for the whole family, earn special eclipse Jr. Ranger stickers, and view special videos about the history and science of solar eclipses. Pick up free glasses specifically designed for viewing the sun for your use on Monday.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, join us at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. for a ranger presentation about the history and cultural perspectives of solar eclipses. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:17 p.m. and the maximum eclipse of 90% will be visible at 2:49 p.m. The event will conclude by 4:15 p.m.
If using a GPS to locate us, our address is 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080. The park is located 14 miles south of St. Augustine on Anastasia Island and four miles south of SR 206 on Highway A1A. For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FortMatanzasNPS.
Fort Matanzas National Monument preserves the fortified watchtower, completed in 1742, which defended the southern approach to the Spanish military settlement of St. Augustine, and protects approximately 300 acres of Florida coastal environment. Learn more at www.nps.gov/foma and visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FortMatanzasNPS.