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  • Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College Presents Moon Week

    January 07, 2019
    Celebration concludes with FREE Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party on Sunday, Jan. 20
     
    SANFORD, Fla. (Jan.  7, 2019) – A total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Orlando (if the sky is clear) on Jan. 20-21, 2019. To celebrate this celestial event, the community is invited to join the team at the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College for a series of week-long events during Moon Week 2019. Family–friendly activities include panel discussions, films, an art show, planetarium and laser shows, and the Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party as the grand finale.
     
    Schedule for Moon Week 2019

    Monday, Jan. 14: 2 - 3 p.m. 
    Moon observing
    E. Ann McGee Student Center patio on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    This program is free and open to the public.

    Monday, Jan. 14:  from 7–10 p.m.
    Film screening of "Last Man on the Moon"
    When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the Moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss.
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    This program is free and open to the public.

    Tuesday, Jan. 15: Noon-1 p.m.
    Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" 
    An interactive reading and discussion on the famous work by Jules Verne presented by the Seminole State QEP Center.
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    This program is free and open to the public.

    Tuesday Jan. 15: 7-9 p.m.
    Unsung Heroes of Apollo
    A panel featuring the unsung heroes who worked to make NASA's Apollo Lunar Program a success.
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    This program is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, Jan. 16: 7-9 p.m. 
    Lunar Science Night by Professor Addie Dove
    Learn about the latest discoveries and projects in the lunar sciences with University of Central Florida physics professor Dr. Addie Dove.
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    This program is free and open to the public.

     
    Thursday, Jan. 17: 6-10 p.m.
    Telescope Thursdays at Mt. Dora Donnelly Park
    Join us for an evening of celestial observation in historic downtown Mt. Dora.
    Free and open to the public.
     
    Friday, Jan. 18: 7-8 p.m.
    Planetarium Show: Luna
    Planetarium show exploring the cultural history and scientific discoveries of our nearest celestial neighbor. 
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus
    Admission: $6 adults, $4 students/seniors 55+, free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with college ID

    Friday, Jan. 18: 8:30-9:30 p.m.
    Planetarium Show: Eclipse
    This special show explores the science behind what makes eclipses happen, both Solar and Lunar.
    Admission: $6 adults, $4 students/seniors 55+, free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with college ID
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus

    Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m.
    Laser Show: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Admission: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors 55+, $5 Seminole State students, faculty, and staff with college ID
    Planetarium on the Lake Mary/Sanford campus

    Saturday, Jan. 19: 6-10 p.m.
    Moon Art Show 
    Join us at Hourglass Brewing in Longwood as we showcase 24 Central Florida artists and their creations inspired by the Moon. All art will be for purchase.
    Free and open to the public.

    Sunday, Jan. 20: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
    Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party
    Come join the planetarium and the Central Florida Astronomical Society for a viewing party in celebration of the total Lunar Eclipse. This is the onlyviewing event planned in Central Florida.
     
    A total lunar eclipse is when the Earth casts a shadow on the Moon. A nickname for a lunar eclipse is also called a "Blood Moon" because of the color it makes when the eclipse reaches totality. The eclipse begins around 9:30 p.m. with totality happening at approximately 11:40 pm. Although this is on a Sunday night the following day is the national Martin Luther King holiday so families don't need to worry about school the following day. Guests will also be able to observe many other celestial spectacles such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies!
     
    A livestream of the eclipse from Seminole State College will be available on Jan. 20-21 from 9 p.m.to 12:30 a.m.. This is the only livestream planned in Central Florida.
     
    About Seminole State College of Florida: 
    Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate
     
    For more information on the Emil Buehler Planetarium visit www.seminolestate.edu/planet, like on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @seminoleplanet using #MoonWeek.
    Contact:
    Mark Richardson
    (407) 708-2418
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