Great American Eclipse Phenomenon Fuels Science Education

The solar eclipse glasses are courtesy of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and UCF Planetary Sciences Group.

Everyone will be looking up at the sky and viewing the Great American Eclipse as it crosses the country from Oregon to South Carolina on Monday, August 21.

It has been 38 years since the last solar eclipse in the U.S. and the first partial solar eclipse that has been visible from UCF in more than 12 years.

Science Education Professor Dr. Malcolm Butler says the solar eclipse is an educational experience for our college’s students.

“A solar eclipse is one of the phenomenon that theoretical physicist Albert Einstein used to prove the general theory of relativity, and was a key observation in his work. This helps our college’s students and children understand the significance to making these kinds of observations that lead us to making phenomenal discoveries about our world.”

UCF will be able to see a partial solar eclipse where the moon will block about 85 percent of the sun on Monday around 2:45 p.m. Join the UCF Planetary Sciences Group and College of Sciences for a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at the UCF Reflecting Pond from 2-3:30 p.m. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided.

Learn more about the solar eclipse from Dr. Butler in this video.

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