Orlando Science Center prepares for today’s solar eclipse

ORLANDO, Fla. — All eyes are on the skies for Monday’s total solar eclipse.


The astronomical event is set to happen at around 1:45 pm and last for roughly three hours, until 4:15 pm.

The Orlando Science Center is ready for it.

“We’re doing a solar viewing party, said Zachary Mailhot, a science specialist at the Orlando Science Center. “It’s an all-day event; you can come as early as you want.”

It’s a once-in-a-generation phenomenon - the Moon will cast its shadow on Earth, leaving just a ring around the Sun.

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As many as 32 million Americans across 15 states will be temporarily in the dark.

In Central Florida, the view will be slightly different.

“We’re looking to have a partial eclipse here in Orlando,” said Mailhot. “We will have about 60% at its peak, which will happen around 3 p.m. on Monday.”

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The last time this kind of eclipse happened here in the U.S. was in 2017.

The one before that was more than 100 years ago.

“This is the last one happening in North America for about 20 years,” Mailhot said. “Actually, Orlando will be in the area of totality, perfect coverage, so that’s going to be a great time if you’re around in 20 years.”

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One Orlando family visiting the center on Sunday said it was preparing for the phenomenon.

“My mother-in-law is traveling to Texas to go see it. We’ll be here. We’ll see it on the news,” said Karen Vallado, mother of two.

“It’s going to be cool to be able to do this with them,” said Nate Patterson,” the children’s father. “They’ll be able to see it with their kids. So, it’s such a cool thing.”

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If you’d like to see it from home, make sure you wear eye protection.

If you plan to look into the sky, you’ll need to wear special glasses for eye safety.

You can also make your own pinhole projector as a way to view the eclipse.

See the video below for details:

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