The United States will see a rare occurrence on August 21, 2017 – a total solar eclipse. Although we’re 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. Starting on Friday, August 18th, join them near the Visitor Center while waiting for the ferry, 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.
Monday, August 21, join them at the Visitor Center at 1:00pm for a ranger presentation about the history and cultural perspectives of solar eclipses. The partial eclipse will begin at 1:17pm and the maximum eclipse of 90% will be visible at 2:49pm. The event will conclude by 4:15pm.
For additional information, contact Park Ranger Ellen McElfish at 904-471-0116