The solar eclipse won’t be visible in Florida

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Florida sunset (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida sunset (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Florida Travel Guide to the (lack of) Solar Eclipse

We’ve had readers ask where they can watch the solar eclipse, so we’re publishing the answer: there is no solar eclipse to be seen anywhere in Florida. Although the moon will be 250,000 miles away, we’ll simply be looking at the sun we always see. If you’re disappointed, remember we were fortunate to see the Supermoon and a meteor shower a few weeks ago.

Western skies

Those in western United States (and East Asia) will see the solar eclipse that will block out 94% of light from the sun and leave a bright ring of light in the sky. The total eclipse that will appear on November 13th this year, won’t be visible from the U.S. at all, and will only be seen from Australia and the South Pacific.

A partial eclipse

A partial solar eclipse (more like a crescent-shaped sun without the ring of fire) will be visible in areas of the U.S. (use west of the Mississippi as a guideline), but because the sun sets earlier on the East Coast, we’re missing the spectacular sight. There is an eclipse guide if you’re thinking of taking a drive, along with an animated map. You’ll see that Huntsville and St. Louis offer a partial view.

A blinding ring of light

If you are going to drive to see the eclipse, remember there will be a bright ring of light as the sky darkens and it’s extremely harmful to your eyes look at it directly. If you don’t have a filtered telescope or solar projector, follow the suggestions from space weather and criss-cross your fingers or gazy through leafy trees.

Tell us…

Do you head out to look at the stars and constellations at night?