Friday, August 11, 2017

A Total Eclipse of the Sun

Fort Lauderdale Postmaster David Guiney (pictured right) will dedicate an enlargement of the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamps to Broward County Main Library officials and the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association Saturday, August 12. Employees are invited to the 1 p.m. dedication at the Broward County Main Library at 100 S. Andrews Ave in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Employee participation will be an off-the-clock activity.

This first-of-its-kind Forever stamp transforms the solar eclipse image into the moon from the heat of your finger. Forever stamps commemorate the upcoming August 21 eclipse. 
Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view the solar eclipse, a rare event which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918.
A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on Earth. The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the “path of totality,” will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time) passing through portions of 14 states --- but not Florida. 

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