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PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005 AT 5:15 PM

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  • Laurent Pellerin
    Seminole Community College Planetarium Press Release 032805 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005 AT 5:15 PM DATE: FRIDAY:
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      Seminole Community College Planetarium

      Press Release 032805

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005 AT 5:15 PM

      DATE: FRIDAY: APRIL 8, 2005
      TIME: 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
      LOCATION: Seminole Community College Planetarium
      100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, Florida
      COST: FREE
      PUBLIC INFORMATION: 407 328 2409

      Press Contact: Laurent Pellerin
      SCC Planetarium Operations & Production
      100 Weldon Blvd
      Sanford, FL 32773
      PelleriL@...
      Office: 407 328 2409
      Cell: 407 754 4078

      PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE PARTY FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005 AT 5:15 PM

      The next Solar Eclipse for Central Florida will occur just before
      sunset on Friday, April 8th. This will not be a total eclipse, but only
      a Partial Eclipse, which means that the Moon will block only 38% of the
      Sun. But, since the next Total Eclipse for North America won't occur
      until the year 2017, even 38% is something special to see.

      The Eclipse will begin at 5:25 PM for Orlando;

      Maximum coverage will occur at 6:21 PM;

      And the Eclipse will end at 7:11 PM.

      We urge all media to inform the public of the dangers of trying to
      observe this eclipse without proper Solar Filters. Even with the Sun
      nearing sunset during this eclipse, it is very dangerous to look
      directly at the Sun without proper filters. Mylar balloons, exposed
      film, smoked or welder's glass (unless at least #14,) CDs, and other
      "homemade filters" are NOT SAFE! They may block enough visible
      light to observe the Sun, but they DO NOT block ultra-violet and/or
      infra-red. It is these wavelengths of light that cause permanent eye
      damage. Because this damage may be delayed in showing up, just as skin
      cancer can take years to show up, people could cause irreparable harm to
      their eyes without even knowing it.

      Use ONLY professionally made solar filters, such as the ones made for
      telescopes or the free solar glasses available in many astronomy and
      science magazines whenever an eclipse occurs. Or make a pinhole
      projector by poking a small pin hole in a piece of cardboard and then
      projecting the Sun's image onto another sheet or the sidewalk, wall,
      etc.

      But by far the best way to enjoy a Solar Eclipse in Central Florida is
      to attend the Solar Eclipse Party at the Seminole Community College
      Planetarium in Sanford. We will have telescopes available for the
      public to look through for FREE! And you may be assured of a safe
      viewing with our professional solar filters. Experts will also be on
      hand to answer any questions.

      As always, News Media are welcome at our events.



      Laurent A. Pellerin, Jr.
      Operations & Production Manager
      Seminole Community College Planetarium
      100 Weldon Blvd
      Sanford, Florida 32773-6199
      407 328 2409 (Office)
      407 754 4078 (Cell)
      407 328 2360 (Show Info)
      PelleriL@...
      http://www.scc-fl.edu/planet/

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