July 25, 2017 – On Monday, August 21, 2017 a celestial event will be seen not only across the United States, but thanks in part to social media, around the entire world. A solar eclipse will track across the sky. Although the total eclipse will be a 75-mile-wide path traveling from Oregon to South Carolina, everywhere in the US will have some degree of partiality.
In the Gainesville, Florida area, we will see a partial eclipse, with nearly 90% of the sun covered by the moon. It will be a busy day at Santa Fe College as Fall classes begin that morning. SF is preparing for the eclipse & will have some eclipse glasses on hand at our NW campus as well as our (no pun intended), satellite centers.
As we prepare for next month’s eclipse, you can learn more about the process at the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, and their program “Eclipse: The Story of Our Nearest Neighbor in Space”. The presentation will teach you about the history and mechanics of the moon
If you want to see a total solar eclipse but don’t want to travel, there will be one passing over Gainesville in August of 2045.
Learn more about the upcoming eclipse by watching James Albury, our planetarium coordinator, and co-host of the PBS Series “Star Gazers”. You can also check out the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium page for details and a full schedule of events.