The sky is slated for a spectacular show – a total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. And you can see it for the simple price of looking up.
Although Northwest Florida is not in the path of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun, Pensacola area viewers can still expect an awesome celestial event.
With recently retired astronomy professor Wayne Wooten and new astronomer Lauren Rogers at the helm, Pensacola State is providing a safe opportunity for the public to view the partial eclipse.
Telescopes will be set up outside the PSC Planetarium from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. The partial eclipse begins at 12:05 p.m. and reaches maximum coverage of 82 percent at 1:37 p.m. The eclipse ends at 3:03 p.m. locally. Draco Baader filters and eclipse glasses will be available for the public to use.
Along with Wooten and Rogers, EAAA members will be on hand to answer questions and help viewers safely experience this rare event. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in February 1979.
In July 1991, Dr. Wooten travelled to Mexico to view a total solar eclipse. He will be sharing information on that experience as well as the upcoming solar eclipse on “Conversations with Jeff Weeks” that airs on WSRE-TV 23 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.