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Solar Eclipse


On Monday, the solar eclipse will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints.

In Central Florida, we’ll see a partial eclipse that will cover about 87 percent of the sun for a few minutes, around 2:45 p.m. Monday.


Credit: Courtesy of Romeo Durscher/NASA

90.7 WMFE is planning two hours of live broadcast special coverage as well as streaming video, audio and photos online.

Special Coverage on 90.7-FM, 1-3 p.m.
We will not air Here and Now on Monday. Instead, join hosts Robin Young and Meghna Chakrabarti from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as the eclipse crosses the country. They’ll hear from eclipse chasers, scientists, first time observers and reporters across the nation. Listen by tuning to 90.7-FM, or live stream on the website or through the mobile app.

Live NPR Blog, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon’s journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse. The blog will go live at the top of this page around 10 a.m.

Facebook Live: Seminole State, around 2 p.m.
Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College will have a Facebook Live video of the eclipse as seen through their telescope! Like their Facebook page to get notified when they go live.

Eclipse Wrap Up on 90.7-FM, 5:44 p.m.
90.7 WMFE’s space reporter Brendan Byrne speaks with Crystal Chavez during All Things Considered about the eclipse viewing events and what spectators thought about the astronomical phenomenon. Listen by tuning to 90.7-FM, or live stream on the website or through the mobile app.

Viewing Events

Here are some of the local places that are having eclipse viewing events. Many will be handing out eclipse glasses to ensure a safe viewing experience.

Eclipse 2017 Observing Event
Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College
100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford
The Planetarium will hold the Eclipse 2017 Observing Event on Monday on the front sidewalks of the Automotive Technology building on the main campus of Seminole State. The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m., with the point of maximum eclipse occurring at 2:51 p.m. local time. The planetarium will start distribution of 5,000 eclipse glasses at noon. Meet up with WMFE space reporter and Are We There Yet? podcast host Brendan Byrne, who will be in attendance!

2017 Solar Eclipse
Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St., Orlando
Visit Orlando Science Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun and safe celebration of the eclipse! The peak viewing time is approximately 2:45 p.m. Solar glasses are free with paid admission to the Orlando Science Center. Meet up with members of WMFE’s news team at this event!

2017 Solar Eclipse – Pop-up locations
Central Park, Winter Park & Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Orlando Science Center will also be hosting FREE pop-up viewing locations around town. These locations are made possible with support from Florida Hospital For Children, Full Sail Labs, & Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. These locations will offer solar demos, models and activities for you to try!

UCF & The Great American Solar Eclipse
UCF Reflecting Pond
4365 Andromeda Loop, Orlando
Telescopes will be available to safely see the solar eclipse and UCF professors and students researching how the solar system formed will be on hand to explain what you are seeing. Special eclipse glasses will also be available to safely view this historic event.

Kennedy Space Center’s Solar Eclipse Day 2017
Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex
Numerous NASA spacecraft that launched from Kennedy Space Center are monitoring and collecting data during the eclipse. The event will take place from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Rocket Garden. Complimentary certified eclipse viewing glasses will be provided at the start of the event on a first come, first served basis, and there is a limited amount. (Daily admission required)

Great American Eclipse Viewing
Museum of Art & Sciences
352 S. Nova Roda, Daytona Beach
The MOAS will be exercising safe viewing experiences by operating their solar filter-equipped telescope that will allow visitors to see the eclipse happening in real time (weather permitting). Staff will be on-hand to discuss the science behind the event and will be tuning into digital streams of the total solar eclipse occurring across the U.S.

Eclipse Stories

Before the eclipse, check out these stories recommended by WMFE’s space reporter, Brendan Byrne.

A partial solar eclipse seen in Great Britain in 2015. Photo: David Dixon on geograph.org.uk

Eclipse: What Floridians Will See
Central Floridians will see a partial eclipse that will cover about 87 percent of the sun for a few minutes. Seminole State College Planetarium coordinator Michael McConville tells 90.7’s Brendan Byrne about what Floridians will be able to see during the eclipse.

Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer
No eclipse glasses? No problem. NPR’s Skunk Bear team shows viewers how to observe the eclipse safely using common household objects.

NASA: Eclipse 101
Need to cram all the eclipse information into your brain before Monday afternoon? NASA has a great website to study everything you could possible need before the event. From the science behind the eclipse to common misconceptions, it’s like the spark-notes for astronomy. Impress your friends with your Carl Sagan-esqe knowledge.

Happy and safe viewing from all of us at 90.7 WMFE!