Total Solar Eclipse “Solarbration”

By Ralph Bergmann

August 21 @ 1:00 – 4:00 pm

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. While only those located in the path of totality (a band about 70 miles wide) will witness the total eclipse, the rest of the country will be treated to an impressive partial eclipse – including Bernheim!

To celebrate this cosmic event, Bernheim is hosting a party for the duration of the eclipse that will allow visitors to safely observe the eclipse*, engage in solar-themed activities, enjoy homemade sun tea, and more. Maximum sun cover (over 96%) will be observed at 2:27 p.m., but the fun will last all afternoon.

As part of this celebration, we will be giving away 500 pairs of glasses. They will be available beginning at noon on Monday, August 21 at the Visitor Center. They will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Visitors MUST be present to receive glasses.

In addition to the Solar-bration fun, we will also have our Fire Tower open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Climb up and see the Earth prepare for this once in a lifetime event.

FREE; no registration required

DO NOT attempt to view the eclipse with unprotected eyes, as permanent vision damage may occur. Sunglasses DO NOT provide protection, as special eclipse viewing glasses are needed.

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