The James & Barbara Moore Observatory at Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus photo provided.
Skygazers can take in a solar eclipse viewing experience at the James & Barbara Moore Observatory on Monday, August 21 from 1:30 to 4 p.m . The viewing is free and open to the public. The solar eclipse will take place from 1:18 to 4:14 p.m., peaking at 83.3 percent coverage at 2:50 p.m. “We will have three or four telescopes with proper filters available for use and limited eyeglass filters, so we are encouraging participants to bring their own certified eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers,” said David Hanson, observatory director. Safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse and how to purchase certified eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers can be found on the NASA website at eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety. “Even if people can’t make it to the observatory, they should try to see what’s happening,” Hanson said. “The view is the same from anywhere in the state, but proper safet y filters are required wherever you are located.” Beginning this September, the James & Barbara Moore Observatory will be open to the public the third Friday of each month. Observation sessions typically begin about 30 to 45 minutes after dark. The James & Barbara Moore Observatory is located on the Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road in Punta Gorda. For more information or for a schedule of observatory events, call 1-941-637-5652 or visit www.fsw.edu/ charlotte/observatory.
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