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South Florida Science Center holding eclipse party

Posted at 5:08 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 19:03:30-04

Monday is the day many people have been looking forward to for days and in some cases years. The day of the much talked about total solar eclipse has finally arrived!

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While South Florida is not in the path of totality, it will still be a sight to see in our area.

The South Florida Science Center is hosting an eclipse viewing party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the big event.

 

The center says their phones have been ringing off the hook with people asking questions about the eclipse and about their availability of eclipse glasses.

People starting lining up at 5 a.m. Monday to get inside the science center and snag a pair of glasses.

Because of the high demand, the science center says they will be limiting the glasses to one pair per family or group of four people.

The center gave away 300 pairs of glasses and said the eclipse will last long enough that people can share. An anonymous donor also gave away 1,000 additional glasses.

The center will have hands-on activities and fun for the whole family during the event, which will include showing the eclipse on a projector.

“We’re so grateful that a science enthusiast dropped off the glasses so that more people can enjoy this historic event,” said Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer of the Science Center.

At 11 a.m., officials said they were close to capacity for the event.

WPTV.com will be streaming the eclipse Monday afternoon.