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August 18, 2017

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:                                 
Seminole State College: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Front sidewalks of the Automotive Technology building
100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773
                                               
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
· FREE 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
 
Visuals / Interviews:
Planetarium staff and volunteers from the Central Florida Astronomical Society, the Seminole State College STEM Club, and many others will have properly-filtered telescopes and binoculars set up for safely viewing the eclipse. There will also be several short presentations during the event for those interested in learning more about the eclipse itself and the science behind it.
 
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. 

 
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.
 
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About Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida and online. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.