2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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 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 Schedule
TOTALITY! NASA! Music & Science with PBS Kids' Ready Jet Go! & Dr. Amy! Planetary Society's Bill Nye & the NPS Eclipse Jr. Ranger Program!
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.
What is TOTALITY?
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.
Last updated: August 13, 2017