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Partial solar eclipse viewing at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (July 24, 2017)

This year, skywatchers across the continental U.S. will have an opportunity to see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. Outside the path of totality, people will see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun's disk.

Visit the Deering Estate on Monday, August 21st for a partial solar eclipse viewing from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Southern Cross Astronomical Society will have professional telescopes on site.

Cost: Free with Estate admission: $12 for adults, and $7 for children (ages 4-14). Free for Deering Estate Foundation Members.

Partial solar eclipses happen when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk. During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don't align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth. Sometimes, the Moon covers only a tiny part of the Sun's disk. Other times a partial eclipse looks almost like a total eclipse.

Protect your eyes! Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without any protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in your eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness. The best way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

Guests are asked to bring their own protective lenses (not sunglasses), or can purchase a pair of commemorative solar eclipse glasses from the Astronomical League!

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided Historic House tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!