July 31, 2017 – It will be a busy day at Santa Fe College on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Not only will it be the first day of fall semester classes at SF, but it is also the day of the solar eclipse. The Gainesville, FL area will not get a total eclipse, only a partial one. However, it will be a very noticeable partial eclipse, with nearly 90% of the sun eclipsed by the passing moon.
James Albury, the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium coordinator, says the sky will darken considerably, and the brightest stars, and even the planet Venus will be visible during the eclipse. If you are on the SF campus, the eclipse will begin at 1:15 p.m., with the deepest part of the eclipse at 2:47 p.m.
As we approach Eclipse Day, the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is presenting the program “Eclipse: The Story of Our Nearest Neighbor in Space.” The program discusses the origin of the moon, its mechanics and how it impacts life here on Earth.
To find out more about the upcoming solar eclipse, Albury co-hosts the PBS series “Star Gazers”, and as you would expect, the eclipse is the topic of conversation. You can also learn more by visiting the SF Kika Silva Pla Planetarium page for a full schedule of events.