By now you'd have to be in a coma not to know that on Monday August 21st there will be an eclipse of the Sun. Fox Astronomical Observatory in Broward County’s Markham Park will be open to the public from Noon until 5 PM to provide views of this event. Viewing from Fox Observatory, the eclipse will begin at approximately 1:26 PM. The maximum extent of the eclipse will occur at approximately 2:57 PM, at which time the solar disk will be approximately 80% covered. The eclipse event will end at approximately 4:20 PM.
For your safety, public eclipse observing will be possible through Observatory eye safety filtered telescopes and glasses. We cannot stress this warning strongly enough - even at the maximum, attempting to view the eclipse without proper eye protection will damage your eyesight and could easily cause blindness. Please do not ever attempt to view the sun, in eclipse or not, without the proper protective gear. Sunglasses absolutely will not protect you. Only use equipment that is certified safe for solar viewing, such as that which will be provided by the Observatory.
PLEASE NOTE: We have a very limited supply of eclipse glasses that will be made available on a first come, first served basis (one per FAMILY due to the number of people we expect) on the day of the event at Fox Observatory. We will distribute the glasses until our supply is exhausted. Given that the number of guests that we now expect to see at the event has exploded well beyond anything we ever initially expected, we do fully expect this supply of glasses to be quickly exhausted. We strongly suggest that you plan to bring your own eclipse glasses if you can do so in order to ensure that you'll be able to view the eclipse maximum yourself.
Did you procrastinate and now you can't find any glasses to purchase for the event? We've received numerous emails from desperate folks who are in the same boat as you are. Fear not - all is not lost! You can also safely view the eclipse with an easy DIY project for making a "pinhole eclipse projector". A google search for a number of ways to build your own pinhole based eclipse viewer can be found here. This is a really easy way to make your own safe and really inexpensive viewer in just a few minutes time. Bring your creation to our eclipse event and show off your handiwork!
Although the Park normally charges an admission fee on weekends and holidays, they will not be charging admittance during this event as it will occur on a week day. Admission to the Observatory whenever it is open to the public is always free. That said, bear in mind that we fund our operating expenses 100% from visitor donations and member dues, so please consider making a donation or becoming a member of the club when you visit.
Lastly, if you are planning on attending this event, please consider letting us know that by checking in on our Facebook eclipse event page.