Partial Solar Eclipse Experience

Humberto Campins – Provost Research Professor at the Physics Department

Location: Orlando, FL

Coordinates: 28° 36’ 2” N, 81° 12’ 18” W

Start time of partial eclipse: 12:19 PM (EDT)

Duration of partial eclipse: 2hr 56min

 

Professor Campins enjoyed the experience as part of the UCF community that watched the total solar eclipse from the main UCF campus. The crowd gathered around the Reflecting Pond, where UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group, the College of Sciences, and the student-run Astronomical Society hosted a viewing party 2-3:30 p.m.

 

“There were around 3,000 people around and we distributed 700 hundred glasses. We were not in the path of totality, but about 85 percent of the sun was blocked in Orlando. We were very fortunate with the weather. About one hour before the eclipse there was lightning and thunder but the sky cleared up just in time”.

 

 

Image of the crowd gathering around the Reflecting Font and using the solar glasses provided by NASA SSERVI to observe the eclipse