Solar Eclipse Day 2017Aug 21, 2017 11:00 AM - Aug 21, 2017 04:30 PM Rocket Garden
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a Total Solar Eclipse is visible through the United States and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located in the partial eclipse zone. A solar eclipse has not been visible to this degree in the United States in almost 100 years. Join us as we host a viewing opportunity for this historic event, straight from America’s spaceport! Numerous NASA spacecraft that launched from Kennedy Space Center are monitoring and collecting data during the eclipse. There is no better place to experience this rare astronomical event.
The event will take place from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm in the Rocket Garden. We will provide one complimentary pair of certified eclipse viewing glasses per family at the start of the event on a first come, first served basis, as there is a limited amount. JD Bartoe, the Astronaut of the Day, will be on site to engage with viewers, answer questions and offer commentary between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Additionally, enjoy access to NASA TV’s coverage on the visitor complex’s jumbrotron, streaming live content from across the United States. Young space explorers will engage with entertaining and educational activities provided by the education team, including a safe way to look at the sun and beads that teach about the power of the sun.
- Eclipse visibility at Kennedy Space Center begins around 1:15 pm
- Maximum coverage (about 86%) peaks around 2:45 pm
- Do not look directly at the sun without proper protection! Everyday sunglasses are not appropriate eye protection during a solar eclipse.
Though totality will not be visible from Florida, visitors will see the moon start to cover the sun. The solar eclipse path covers the United States, with totality visible in a 73-mile wide diagonal band. While eclipse viewing is available in varying degrees to the entire U.S., only areas located directly beneath the path of totality will experience total darkness.
Leading up to the event, our education team will use our mobile planetarium to showcase the science behind a solar eclipse, and there will be two new eclipse-themed shows in Science on a Sphere and Eyes on the Universe. The Eyes on the Universe eclipse show is running currently, while the Science on a Sphere show will be featured only on August 21. All will feature exclusive content and are included with daily admission.
- NASA’s Total Solar Eclipse
- How to Safety Watch a Solar Eclipse
- NASA Map of Total Solar Eclipse Download
- NASA Eclipse Fact Sheet Download
Additionally, on the same day as the solar eclipse, NASA's Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) will begin two weeks of research at Kennedy Space Center to better understand how low-altitude atmospheric turbulence affects sonic booms, produced when an aircraft flies at supersonic speeds. Residents and visitors in the area can expect to hear two to three sonic booms per day, and will learn more about SonicBAT at the visitor complex. Learn more about SonicBat and KSC.