Central Florida’s Largest, Free Great American Eclipse Observation Event 

WHO: Hosted by Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College

 

WHAT: #SolarEclipse2017 Observing Event

 

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States since 1979. Although the Orlando area is not in the line of totality, nearly 90 percent of the sun’s surface will be obscured by the moon. For those who are not able to travel to areas of the country where the total eclipse is visible, this event will be the best chance to safely view the partial eclipse in all of Central Florida!

 

WHEN: Monday, August 21, 2017

Noon to 4:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College – Sanford/Lake Mary Campus

100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

Front sidewalks of the Automotive Technology building

 

Directions / Parking: Due to the large number of expected visitors on campus, arrival is recommended via Lake Mary Boulevard:

· From Lake Mary Boulevard, turn onto College Drive

· Turn right onto Campus Lane (near the softball and baseball fields)

· Proceed straight at the stop sign

· Event parking will be designated with signs straight ahead

 

WHY: For those who are not able to travel to areas of the country where the total eclipse is visible, this event will be the best chance to safely view the partial eclipse in all of Central Florida.

 

COST: FREE and open to the public

FREE ample, easily accessible parking

FREE custom solar eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last

 

 

Onsite Viewing Tips: While the eclipse itself is the “star” of the show, the surface of the sun will also exhibit incredible detail through the telescopes. Planetarium telescopes and binoculars utilize two different filters to view the eclipse. Learn more: https://www.seminolestate.edu/planet/eclipse/viewing

 

FUN FACTS /   BY THE NUMBERS:

 

2:51 p.m.: Time of maximum eclipse from Seminole State College

86: Percent of sun’s surface obscured

15: Number of telescopes and solar binoculars for viewing during the event.

38: Years since a total solar eclipse was visible in the contiguous United States.

175: Number of minutes of the partial eclipse visible from Central Florida.

5,000: Anticipated attendance at the Eclipse 2017 Observing Event

For more information on the Buehler Planetarium visit www.seminolestate.edu/planet. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @seminoleplanet using #CFLEclipse and #SolarEclipse2017.

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