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April 8, 2024 Total Eclipse 

Join us for Stellar Day in Sterling on April 8, 2024, from 12 to 6 PM. Gina,  and the Secret Elixir, and John McConnell will provide live music. Johnny’s Roadside BBQ and Fast & Fusion will serve delicious food, and there will be activities for the whole family.

Sterling Nature Center Eclipse, Logo Design Winner, Cynthia O'Dell

Sterling NatrueCenter's first contact is approximately at 2:08:34, and the second contact or totality starts around 3:21:31 and will last about 3.5 minutes, ending approximately at 3:25:00, with the third contact. The fourth contact, or the end of the partial eclipse, is at about 4:34:21.

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Viewing the Eclipse Safely

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You can safely view the Sun with eclipse glasses during the partial eclipse phases of a solar eclipse, before and after totality.

NASA/Mamta Patel Nagaraja

  • You can view the Sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality.

  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face – during the brief and spectacular period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the Sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)

  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright Sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the Sun.

                 Total Eclipse Logo Design Contest                                                           Winners                                         

                                                   🌟 We have our winners! 🌟

 First Place: Cynthia O'Dell. Congratulations to Cynthia for her exceptional design, capturing the essence of the April 8, 2024, Total Solar Eclipse and the Sterling Nature Center. Her creativity and originality truly shone through. Her design will be featured on our Eclipse tee shirts and promotional merchandise. Cynthia, you've won a well-deserved $100 cash prize!


Second Place: Heather Scanlon 👏 A big round of applause to Heather Scanlon for securing the second spot in our contest. Her artistry and dedication are truly commendable. Heather, you've won a prize of $75 for your outstanding design.

 Third Place: Rebecca Earley 🌟 A big shoutout to Rebecca Earley for her fantastic third-place entry! Rebecca has earned a prize of $50 for her outstanding work. Your submissions were inspiring, and we appreciate your passion for celebrating this celestial event with us. 

Thanks to all participants for your creativity and passion for celebrating this celestial event with us. Our Sterling Nature Center Eclipse T-shirt will be available at our gift shop for Small Business Saturday weekend, November 25 and 26th, 2023.

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