Everyone is talking about IT. Everyone is asking questions. Everyone wants to know where we’ll be. What is IT? IT is the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. That’s right, we’ve had numerous people and organizations asking if we are planning to do something (anything) for the eclipse. As of this date, here’s our plan: On July 22nd and August 12th (before the eclipse), we will do a presentation about solar eclipses. We’ll tell you what to expect from it, how and why an eclipse happens, how to watch it safely and where to go to see this one in it’s totality. Here in Florida, you’ll see a partial eclipse of about 85%. So, if you’ll be here in Florida on our Astronomy Night dates on July 22nd or August 12th, come on out and get the lowdown on the upcoming solar eclipse.
In July, we will be at Colt Creek State Park just North of Lakeland and in August we’ll be at Circle B in Lakeland. Maps will be displayed each month. Since one of the most important things we’ll discuss is safely viewing the eclipse, the following website is one place where you can get eclipse viewing glasses for free (but hurry, they may not last long): www.2017solar.com/free-eclipse-glasses/
I’ll say it now and in the presentation: Do not look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection. You can cause permanent damage, even blindness, looking at the Sun without proper eye protection. Be safe!
The presentation starts at 7:00 pm, rain or shine. Don’t let the weather stop you. We’re indoors in the A/C (except Colt Creek, but we’re under cover). If the weather is good, we’ll get our scopes out after the presentation and bring the distant universe closer to us (in appearance). So, don’t miss it, you’ll be glad you came.
Until then, Keep looking up.