Solar Eclipse Viewing on August 21st in Miami-Dade County

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

On Monday, August 21st Miami-Dade County will experience a partial solar eclipse.  This is the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse has crossed the entire continental United States.


The partial solar eclipse is expected to begin at 1:40pm and end around 4:01pm EDT.  Several of the Alliance for Response-South Florida members are hosting events to view this rare event:


When viewing the eclipse here are some basic safety tips:

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.  Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers can be found at:
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.  The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, keep driving. Do not stop your vehicle along interstates or any roadway.
  • Be prepared for hot weather while viewing the eclipse.  Make sure you have bottled water, sunscreen, first aid kit and protective eyewear.