For the first time in 38 years, the United States will see a total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. This means the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, completely covering the sun for a period of time. Everyone in North America, as well as some from parts of the other world including Africa, Europe and South America, will be able to view the eclipse.
As the moon moves, you’ll be able to view the total eclipse if you’re in the path of totality. This is a thin ribbon that stretches across the U.S. Other parts of the country will be able to see a partial view of the eclipse at certain times. Here in Fayetteville, you should be able to view the eclipse at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Before planning your eclipse party, make sure to pick up a pair of protective glasses! These have been a hot commodity, but you can find them at local schools, libraries and businesses.
No glasses? No problem – some local viewing parties will have limited supplies available! Below we’ve rounded up some places around town to enjoy the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21 with the Fayetteville community.
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden: Hang out anytime from noon to 5 p.m. to enjoy games and a local food truck.
- Carvers Creek State Park: This viewing party will begin at 2 p.m. Glasses are available first come, first serve!
- Cumberland County Library: Head over to the Bordeaux and Spring Lake branches for viewing parties, solar glasses available by reservation only.