Turn around bright eyes: A total eclipse on the harbor

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A total solar eclipse hasn't been visible from the U.S. mainland since the Yorktown docked at Patriot's Point and now you can see one happen from the warship's deck!

Families are invited to turn (around) their bright eyes towards the sky aboard the USS Yorktown when a "total eclipse of the harbor" takes place on August 21.

Patriots Point and ABC News 4 are hosting "Eclipse on a Warship" as the first total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. mainland since 1979 takes place.

The event is included with normal admission and special glasses will be provided to protect your eyes. There will also be an "indirect viewing method" available on the flight deck if you'd rather not look towards the sun at all.

Before the eclipse UNC Chapel Hill's Department of Physics and Astronomy Chair, Dr. Christian Iliadis, will give a special presentation to explain the science of a solar eclipse. He will also be available throughout the day to answer questions.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the moon will completely cover the sun over the USS Yorktown around 2:46 p.m.

There will also be activities for kids and NASA's livestream coverage of the eclipse will be broadcast on a 20-foot projection screen in the Yorktown's hangar deck.

Learn more about the total eclipse event on NASA's Eclipse Page.

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