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Partial Solar Eclipse and Earth Day Celebration

Apr 08, 2024 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Join fellow enthusiasts and witness nature’s own spectacle as a partial solar eclipse graces the Central Florida skies from 1:48 PM to 4:17 PM. From 2:00 – 5:00 PM, visit the Rocket Garden to pick up your eclipse safety glasses, while supplies last, and enjoy music by roaming DJ Larry.

We will also stream NASA’s live broadcast from various locations in the path of totality on giant screens located in the Rocket Garden.

Astronaut Scholar* Will Jarvis will host a presentation inside Journey To Mars in the morning, then be available the rest of the day to answer questions.

This special day isn’t just your chance to celebrate the Sun – you can also get a head start on your Earth Day festivities!

Stop by booths hosted by local businesses and conservation groups to hear firsthand about their sustainability practices and how they help our community – and the rest of the planet. You can learn about solar energy through hands-on activities at our education stations on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis®.

And don’t miss the visitor complex’s S.T.E.A.M. Team, who will be conducting environmentally friendly experiments throughout the visitor complex.

All activities are included with admission.

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Please note: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is not in the path of totality and will only experience a partial eclipse.

Safety Notice:
It is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. To learn more about proper eclipse viewing, please refer to this link.
Woman looking up at the Sun with eclipse glasses standing in Rocket Garden

Partial Solar Eclipse and Earth Day Celebration

ASF Component

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Astronaut Scholars are students in their junior and senior year of college studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with the intent to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degree.


Earth Day participating vendors:

City of Cape Canaveral

Merritt Island Wildlife Association

Global Power Reduction

Sea Turtle Preservation Society

Polaris Industries Inc.

Grainger Industrial Supply

University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard Master Gardeners

Florida Wildlife Hospital

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

UCF’s Collection of Arthropods

Keep Brevard Beautiful

Hernden Solutions Group (NASA)

Global Power Reduction, Inc.

XLR8SUN & Central Florida EV Assn

Brevard Zoo

Florida Power and Light

Environmental Education Awareness Research Support and Services

KSCVC Private Education – Knowledge Base 1