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Solar Eclipse Viewing at CTO

CityGainesville
AtUniversity of Florida Campus Teaching Observatory
CountyWyoming (NY3011)
Date08/21/2017
Hours13:00
CategoriaEvents
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Gainesville
University of Florida Campus Teaching Observatory
Wyoming (NY3011)
Tel 2017-08-21
Categoria Events


View the partial solar eclipse from the UF Campus Teaching Observatory. UF Astronomers will be on hand with telescopes and eclipse glasses to help you safely view the eclipse. ***Due to the large amount of interest in this event, here are some things to keep in mind.*** - We have a limited number of eclipse glasses which will be shared amongst guests. We encourage anyone with access to eclipse glasses to bring their own. - UF parking is restricted. There is a visitor parking garage at Reitz Union but it is first come first serve. Thus, it may be very difficult for anyone not already on campus on Monday to find parking on campus for the event. - NEVER look at the sun without protective lenses. Sunglasses are NOT the same as eclipse glasses. You may seriously damage your eyes if you look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses.

The Alachua County Library District is giving away solar eclipse viewers and is holding an eclipse viewing event at the Newberry location, which those off campus may want to consider. A solar eclipse is when the moon partially or fully obstructs the sun. The last total solar eclipse that passed through the continental US was in 1979 and the next one will not be until 2024. Though Gainesville is not in the path of totality, 89% of the sun will be obscured at maximum. The partial eclipse begins at 1:15PM and ends at 4:11PM. The eclipse reaches maximum at 2:47PM.

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We're getting quite the buzz about this event--very exciting to see the public excited about the eclipse. We want to be able to accommodate all visitors, however we only have so many glasses, telescopes, volunteers, and space available.
Here are some things to keep in mind: - We have a limited number of eclipse glasses which will be shared amongst guests. We encourage anyone with access to eclipse glasses to bring their own. - UF parking is restricted. There is a visitor parking garage at Reitz Union but it is first come first serve. Thus, it may be very difficult for anyone not already on campus on Monday to find parking on campus for the event. - NEVER look at the sun without protective lenses. Sunglasses are NOT the same as eclipse glasses. You may seriously damage your eyes if you look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses. The Alachua County Library District is giving away solar eclipse viewers and is holding an eclipse viewing event at the Newberry location, which those off campus may want to consider.
What is it going to look like? My friends and I are trying to find out how easy it is going to be to see the eclipse.
We know it is not like 89% of a total eclipse. What will it look like? Will you notice if you were just out for a walk? etc
Is there capacity for thousands of people to fit there and park, etc.? I just don't want to drive over there only to not be able to get in and miss it.
Where is this place? Never heard of it....
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