Will Challenger Eclipse Party Rock? Only The Shadow Knows

Aug 17, 2017

Callers to Tallahassee’s Challenger Learning Center are getting an automatic warning about the lack of solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Challenger Learning Center is sponsoring a free, solar eclipse viewing party from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21st. The center gave away all of its 4,500 viewing glasses, so don't bother calling.
Credit Challenger Learning Center

Less than a week before the rare celestial event, executive director Michelle Personette says the center is fielding about 100 daily phone requests for the protective eyewear, and about 70 on social media.

“We ordered ours in 2016, we’ve given away over forty five hundred pairs thus far, and yeah….it’s been quite a craze.”

The Center is sponsoring a free solar eclipse party beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday on Kleman Plaza and will offer safe viewing alternatives, including a live NASA feed.

Experts warn that looking at the sun without protection causes permanent damage. Tallahassee will experience 86 percent totality.