The next total solar eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse viewable from the continental United States in 99 years, and Florida won’t see another total solar eclipse until 2045! Florida residents will be able to view the solar eclipse at 85 percent totality, which means the moon will almost completely cover the sun.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and the moon fully or partially blocks the sun. This causes the illusion of twilight in the middle of the day, as well as a rapid temperature drop and a visible ring of light around the silhouette of the moon.
Join us to View the Eclipse
Visit Orlando Science Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on August 21 for a fun and safe celebration of the eclipse! With general admission, guests will be able to:
- View the solar eclipse safely with solar glasses* and/or using our solar telescope filters
- Make phone filters to capture great photos of the eclipse
- Get creative with solar-themed crafts and art activities
- Calculating eclipse distances and temperatures
- Solar eclipse demos and presentations
*Solar glasses are free with paid admission to the Orlando Science Center. Due to high demand, they will only be available on Monday, August 21st. On Eclipse Day, you will be able to pick up your glasses from any of the activity stations inside the building. Solar glasses are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
Public Viewing Locations
In addition to our onsite activities, Orlando Science Center will be hosting some special viewing events around town.
FREE solar viewing glasses will be distributed at each location beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. or until supplies are gone. The peak viewing time is approximately 2:45 p.m.
These locations will also offer solar demos, models and activities for you to try!
Central Park West Meadow
150 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Download the Dr. Phillips Center parking map
445 S. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Please check back for additional locations and parking details and be sure to RSVP to the Solar Eclipse Facebook event for updates.
How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse:
Staring directly at the sun can damage your eyes, even during a solar eclipse. Sunglasses are also not effective protection, so plan on using one of the following for safe solar viewing.
- Special solar filter glasses
- Pinhole cameras – Click here to download DIY instructions
- Welder’s goggles with a rating of 14 or higher
- Download activities, posters, maps and more.
- Watch a virtual projection of the eclipse from any location in the United States with this Solar Eclipse Simulator!
- Review lesson plans for grades K-12 with NASA’s Educator Resources.
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