Watch the solar eclipse at the Orlando Science Center on Aug. 21


A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is happening later this month when a total solar eclipse cuts a path across North America after a 99-year hiatus.

For a few minutes on Aug. 21 from Oregon through South Carolina, the sky will go dark, the stars will come out and temperatures will drop in the middle of the day for people in the path of totality. The moon won't be seen completely covering the sun in Central Florida, but the area will get 85 percent totality during this celestial phenomenon. In downtown Orlando, the eclipse will peak at 2:51 p.m, according to Vox.

To celebrate this cosmic wonder, the Orlando Science Center is holding viewing parties around town to view the eclipse safely. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the main location on 777 E. Princeton St., OSC will be offering guests the chance to watch the eclipse with special glasses or by using solar telescope filters. By paying a general admission price of $20.95 for adults, you'll also be able to make phone filters that will allow you to take photos of the eclipse and learn more through eclipse demonstrations. Remember, it's important not to look directly at the sun because the intense light can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

If you can't make it to the science center, you can also view the eclipse at pop-up locations around Orlando where solar eclipse glasses will be provided. Staff will be at Central Park West Meadow, 150 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., distributing free glasses from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Florida won’t get another total solar eclipse until 2045, so you won't want to miss this. For more information, visit the OSC website here. For more information about the total solar eclipse, visit the NASA website here.

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