Anticipation of the upcoming total solar eclipse is getting astronomers and everyday stargazers revved up for what should be an astronomically good time.
This rare and spectacular event occurs when the moon passes over the sun, and what will result is a partial solar eclipse for the Florida skies.
Central Florida residents will be able to view the solar eclipse at 85 percent totality, which means the moon will almost completely cover the sun. This will be the first total solar eclipse that will travel from the west coast to the east coast and can be seen from the continental United States in 99 years. Florida will not see another total solar eclipse until the year 2045.
Where to Watch:
Bok Tower Gardens - As one of the highest elevations in Florida, Bok Tower Gardens offers visitors a unique opportunity to view the eclipse.
Museum of Arts and Sciences – Solar eclipse glasses will be available for purchase, and guests can also take a peek through the solar filter-equipped telescope.
New Smyrna Beach Library – At this Solar Eclipse Party guests can watch the total eclipse, streamed live by NASA, on a large screen and make solar crafts in the library’s auditorium.
Leesburg Public Library – Screening of the documentary film “Chasing Shadows,” art projects for children, and free eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last.
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Orlando Science Center – Paying general admission guests can view the solar eclipse safely with special glasses and/or using our solar telescope filters, make phone filters to capture great photos of the eclipse, see solar eclipse demos and presentations and more!
Dr. Phillips Center - Pop-up viewing location on the Seneff Arts Plaza, the green space located in front of the arts center in Downtown Orlando. Solar viewing glasses and education information will be offered throughout the event.
Seminole State College - Central Florida's largest, free great American eclipse viewing event will feature free admission and parking, free eclipse viewing glasses while supplies last, and properly-filtered telescopes and binoculars for safe viewing.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - NASA TV eclipse coverage on the jumbo-tron in the Rocket Garden, complimentary NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses, space experts on-hand to answering questions and providing commentary, and entertaining and educational activities.
Orange County Library System - Parties featuring eclipse viewing, educational activities, arts and crafts and more.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens - Guests are encouraged to help the zoo document how the animals react to the solar eclipse. Admission is discounted to $10 after 1:00pm.
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