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Preparing for Monday's solar eclipse? Think safety first

The Eclipse 2017 Observing Event will be held from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Automotive Center (building AT) on Seminole State’s Sanford Lake Mary Campus and is free and open to the public. 

The once-in-a-lifetime event of a solar eclipse is happening on Monday, Aug. 21, and the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College is hosting one of the largest viewing events in Florida to commemorate the celestial occurrence.

Regardless if you are attending this event or viewing the solar eclipse from your driveway, make sure you keep safety in mind during this time.

To safely view the eclipse, you will need solar eclipse viewing glasses. These glasses allow you to carefully view the sun. It is of utmost importance that you do not view the eclipse without your solar eclipse viewing glasses as you can seriously hurt your eyes, or possibly cause blindness. It is also important that you make sure your glasses are not scratched as that can cause harmful light to affect your eyes.

Once you’ve made sure your solar eclipse viewing glasses are free of any imperfections, it is recommended you look toward the ground to place the frames on your face. When they are securely on, look up at the eclipse and view the amazing celestial event.

After you’ve appreciated the eclipse, look back down at the ground, away from the sun, then take off the glasses.

If you'll have children with you, please supervise them at all times while viewing the eclipse to make sure they are following the same safety guidelines when watching the eclipse. 

The viewing event will be held from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Automotive Center (building AT) on Seminole State’s Sanford Lake Mary Campus and is free and open to the public. Please keep in mind that this event is running on the first day of Seminole State’s Fall Term, and traffic will be heavy and may cause delays. Remain patient, and use caution when driving. Event parking will be available in Parking 12 north of the Automotive Center.  

For more information on the Eclipse 2017 Observing Event, visit the planetarium website, like the planetarium on Facebook and follow it on Twitter and Instagram: @seminoleplanet. 

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