A Rare Solar Eclipse is Approaching South Florida

The Museum of Discovery and Science in Downtown Fort Lauderdale is gearing up for a “out of this world” event as the moon gets poised to practically photobomb the sun.

“It’s such a dream for everyone to connect with the stars,” stated Joe Cox, the MODS President and CEO. “To have that happen all over the US, I think is so exciting.”

Cox will be busy on eclipse day since South Florida is anticipated to participate in some of the activity.

In what is referred to as the Path of Totality, fifteen states are located where the moon obscures the sun the most.

Although the Sunshine State is not in that route, observers anticipate a partial eclipse that will cover anywhere from 40% to 57% of the sky, depending on your location.

According to Cox, “It starts around 1:48 p.m. and ends at 4:05,”

A variety of space events and activities will be held by MODS prior to, during, and following the partial eclipse. This includes an amazing viewing party on the museum’s top deck, a brand-new planetarium exhibit, and the world premiere of a brand-new IMAX feature documentary with photos from the Webb Telescope.

Additionally, activities are being held at public libraries in Broward and Miami Dade counties, where free viewing glasses are being distributed.

The Markham Park Fox Observatory has also arranged a free viewing session.

There are other activities held by the Frost Museum and Florida International University.

However, millions of people are taking to the flights and the roads, swiftly packing hotels along the path of totality in order to watch this once-in-a-century phenomenon.

While people are going crazy for the occasion, Monday is set aside for animal studies by biologists.

The action was taken in response to observations of unusual activity during the 2017 eclipse, such as tortoises mating, flamingos shielding their young, and giraffes running in circles.

Texas biologists have set up a program to observe behavior on Monday, the 2024 eclipse.