Top things to know about the eclipse if you live in South Florida

This is the Sunshine State, so it’s fitting that some of the sun will still be shining in Florida during Monday’s solar eclipse.

Here in South Florida, we’ll see a partial solar eclipse, with about 80 percent of the sun covered.

The partial eclipse will be visible from about 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The peak of the eclipse, or the time when the most amount of sun will be covered, will happen just before 3 p.m.

It still will be broad daylight here even though much of the sun will be hiding behind the moon, according to Eric Vandernoot, astronomy and physics lab coordinator at Florida Atlantic University.

It’s too early to say if the weather will cooperate. The early forecast for Monday calls for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It’ll be partly sunny, with a high near 90.

The start time for the partial eclipse will be 1:25 p.m. in West Palm Beach, 1:26 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale and 1:27 p.m. in Miami, according to the National Weather Service.

The most amount of sun will be covered at 2:57 p.m. in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and 2:58 p.m. in Miami.

The eclipse will end at 4:20 p.m. across South Florida.

You shouldn’t look at the eclipse directly, because staring at solar rays could seriously damage your eyes, NASA says.

You’ll want to wear protective glasses. There are many eclipse-viewing events scheduled locally, and some plan to hand out protective glasses.

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Those in Florida won’t see a total solar eclipse, where the moon covers all of the sun, but others across the country will. The total eclipse will be viewable in the U.S. along a path from Oregon to Charleston, S.C.

It’s the first total solar eclipse to be visible from the continental U.S. since 1979 and the first to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in 99 years. The next one that will be visible from the continental U.S. won’t be until April 8, 2024.

For a list of events to watch the eclipse in South Florida, go to SunSentinel.com/partialeclipse

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