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A Total Eclipse of the Sun

This guide provides information about the FIU Libraries' resources on solar eclipses, as well as general information about the Sun, and will highlight the total solar eclipse of 2017.

The Total Solar Eclipse across America, August 21, 2017

From NASA's Total Eclipse 2017 website:  "On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk." (Florida falls in the partial eclipse path.) 

The maximum eclipse visible in the Miami area will occur at 2:58 p.m, with 80 percent of the sun’s surface shadowed by the moon.  This is what it will look like from Miami (from

Interactive map via  Enter your zip code to see what you will see where you live.

SAFE VIEWING: Experts emphasize that during a partial eclipse, it is NOT safe to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye.  Regular sunglasses will NOT be safe.  You must use special eclipse viewing glasses, view it via an easy-to-make pinhole projector or look at it through a telescope with a special filter.

Can't make it to a solar eclipse viewing location?  Watch NASA's Eclipse 2017 Live video stream.

Missed the eclipse today?  Start preparing for the next one on April 8th, 2024!! (via

Selected Resources on Solar Eclipses and Sun observation from the FIU Libraries

Related Resources about solar Eclipses at the FIU Libraries