This post was updated on Tuesday August 8 with the most recent info
The United States will experience a rare astronomical event on Monday, August 21 when a total eclipse will occur as the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth.
Miami residents may be a little bummed to learn we are not in the path of totality, representing a 70-mile wide path of the country that includes cities like Salem, Oregon; Nashville, Tennessee; and Columbia, South Carolina. However, Miami residents wishing to stay put and observe the memorable event can still do so, with Vox’s handy interactive tool indicating you’ll still catch the moon obscuring about 78 percent of the sun with the partial eclipse peaking around 2:58 p.m.
However, you should never stare down the sun with the naked eye. The only safe way is via special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Learn more about these on NASA’s website.
The next total eclipse won’t be observable in the United States until 2024 and not until August 2045 will Florida be in the next solar eclipse’s path of totality.
If you’d like a more thorough experience, the newly opened Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami is holding an event in the Science Plaza and EAST, Miami in Brickell City Centre is hosting a guided meditation “in honor of the great eclipse.”
The eclipse’s duration will be just under three hours in Miami.
And if you hear chatter regarding a conspiracy theorist declaring a mythical planet named Nibiru will suddenly appear after the eclipse, beginning its month-long collision course with Earth that’ll lead to the end of our world, relax.
NASA even released a statement on the issue, calling it as a blatant "internet hoax,” one that has been disproven countless times already...