The Great American Eclipse is coming on August 21st and Taylor Morrison’s new home communities in Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh are just a few hours drive from total eclipse viewing locations!
It’s no wonder that homeowners are developing a taste for everything astronomical.
Read on for fantastic tips on how to safely view this thrilling phenomenon from the comfort of your own new construction home. You can also find fun eclipse viewing parties and events near all of Taylor Morrison’s Eastern division communities.
Viewing from a different location?
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Solar Eclipse Related Resources
- Free NASA Downloads: Maps, fact sheets, posters and more. Download a map that shows how complete the eclipse will be near you.
- Interactive Map: Ideal for those making the trip to the path of the total eclipse.
- Order Solar Filters Online
- DIY Solar Eclipse Viewer: No eclipse glasses? No problem. All you need is a shoebox.
Pro Tip: According to NASA, the ideal viewing location is one with clear skies. You’re better off seeing a shorter eclipse with unobstructed views than a longer eclipse under clouds.
Fort Myers & Naples
- Join the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium for this monumental event. Pre and post max eclipse (2:53pm) activities are planned, including a special noon planetarium show and solar superstorm presentation at 3pm.
- Hosted by Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, an eclipse viewing party will run from noon to 4:30pm. Knowledgeable volunteers from the Central Florida Astronomical Society and planetarium staff will be on hand to answer questions. Filter fitted binoculars and telescopes provide close up views. Also, check out UCF’s Knights under the Stars events schedule.
- An educational event hosted by the North Port Library, register your teens for access to NASA approved solar filter glasses and a cool 3-D printed pinhole viewer.
- The Museum of Science and Industry is the place to view the eclipse in Tampa. Astronomy enthusiasts will be treated to a number of STEM related events including a space talk and special viewing through solar filter equipped telescopes. The event runs from 1 to 3:30pm with a live streaming of the total eclipse projected via NASA satellites.
North Carolina & South Carolina
Find information on total eclipse sites at Thrillist, National Eclipse or South Carolina Parks.
- Browse 14 free or affordable solar eclipse events in Charlotte. Don’t miss out! The city will be experiencing an impressive 98% partial eclipse. It’s been nearly 100 years since a total eclipse passed this close to Charlotte.
- From Chapel Hill to Wake County Public Libraries, there are nearly a dozen great places to view the eclipse from the Triangle. Duke and NC State will both be hosting free events on campus.
A number of eclipse related events are planned for across the state. Look for larger festivals with music, food and entertainment nearer to total eclipse locations.
The only way to safely look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is with special-purpose solar filters (solar eclipse glasses). Viewing the eclipse through regular sunglasses or a camera will lead to permanent damage to your eyes.
Please consult NASA’s special 2017 Solar Eclipse Safety Guide prior to the event.