Park Authority

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Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Solar Eclipse Extravaganza at Fairfax County Parks!

UPDATE, Oct. 13: Due to cloud cover and rain expected on Saturday, Oct. 14, scheduled eclipse viewing events at Historic Huntley and Sully Historic Site have been canceled. Check out the Astronomy webpage for other ways to watch the eclipse

EclipseThis fall, an annular eclipse, also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse, will take place on Oct. 14. The annular eclipse takes place when the moon is at its farthest point from Earth and so it appears smaller than the sun and does not completely cover the sun leaving a ring around the edge.

The Fairfax County Park Authority has prepared for extraordinary eclipse viewings throughout the county. Join our experts to view the partial annular solar eclipse. At noon, watch as the moon partially eclipses the sun as they travel across the sky. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses and sun spotting scopes will be available to view the eclipse.

As we await the eclipse and after it has passed, enjoy various related games, activities and demonstrations. Participants should bring portable chairs and blankets.

Here are some programs to watch the eclipse. 

  • Partial Solar Eclipse Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 14, noon to 2 p.m. at Burke Lake Park (7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station) or Sully Historic Site (3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly). Cost $10.
  • Safely See the Partial Eclipse, Saturday, Oct.14, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley, located at 6918 Harrison Lane, Alexandria. Cost $10.

Visit the Astronomy website for more information.

Register for eclipse viewing programs

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