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Coolest Galactic Experience

07/03/2017 03:40PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

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This summer, start or inspire a love for the planets at Henderson Beach State Park.  The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association (NWFAA) is hosting a solar eclipse viewing on August 21, 2017. The NWFAA, comprised of volunteers dedicated to bringing astronomy knowledge to the community, will have solar telescopes available all day for those unable to travel north to experience the path to totality. They will also be handing out specialty eclipse glasses so you can truly experience the solar eclipse. 

 

Why is it important to go to a certain place to look at the eclipse? At no point is it safe to look at the eclipse without protective eyewear, and sunglasses don't count!  The event will be set up at the beach from 11 am – 4 pm, and the eclipse will start at around 12:05 pm and will end around 3 pm. The sun will be the most obscured (82.6%) at approximately 1:37 pm. (Isn't it crazy how precise they are able to time this out?)

 

The solar eclipse viewing is a free event and open to the public. Some schools are turning this into a field trip and we aren't surprised! A day like this comes only once every eighteen months, so you definitely want to take advantage of this opportunity. Plus, come on, it's at the beach! Talk about a multi-functional day out! Educational, outside, and rare enough to be a true treat.

 

Cool factors:  Outer space, free protective eyewear, educational and fun

 

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