2017 Total Solar Eclipse


Eclipse Event Schedule at Homestead

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Saturday, August 19 Eclipse Schedule
Saturday, August 19 Schedule

Check out today's great line up! Many Moccasins Dance Troupe, NASA Presentations, Science on a Sphere and More!

Sunday, August 20 - Eclipse Schedule
Sunday, August 20 Schedule

Check out today's events! Join PBS Kids' show Ready Jet Go!'s Dr. Amy and Friends, NASA Presentations, and More!!!

Monday, August 21 - Totality Schedule
Monday, August 21 Schedule

TOTALITY! NASA! Music & Science with PBS Kids' Ready Jet Go! & Dr. Amy! Planetary Society's Bill Nye & the NPS Eclipse Jr. Ranger Program!

NASA Comes to Homestead
NASA Lands at Homestead

Listen to presenters from NASA, see exhibits, and enjoy hands on activities.

Ready Set Go! at Homestead
PBS KIDS' Ready Jet Go! at Homestead

Science and astronomy programs take center stage with help from our friends from Ready Jet Go!

Details About Presenters And More!
Details About Presenters And More!

Find out more information about the presenters, music, and art you'll see at Homestead during the eclipse weekend of events!

Earn Your Eclipse Explorer Badge!
Earn Your Eclipse Explorer Badge!

The Planetary Society and NPS created an Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger program!

Explore your Creative Writing Side!
Explore your Creative Writing Side!

You are invited to share Eclipse-inspired original writings on stage with poet Michael Knisely!

Visit the USPS trailer at Homestead to purchase your Eclipse forever stamps!
Visit the USPS trailer at Homestead!

Visit the USPS trailer at Homestead to purchase your Eclipse forever stamps and more!

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will cross the continental United States for the first time in 38 years! The last time an eclipse path crossed the continental United States was in 1979. The total solar eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina and cross over 20 national park units and 9 trails. Homestead National Monument of America will be in the path of totality.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. Outside the path of totality, skywatchers in the continental U.S. and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun's disk. Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so.

What will I see during a total solar eclipse?

During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible.


During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak of darkness moving toward them across the landscape, and then moving away.

How long will TOTALITY last at Homestead?

At most, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 2 minutes and 34 seconds.

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