The city of Orlando, Florida, will be able to see a partial solar eclipse today. The popular tourist destination is not in the “zone of totality,” however many areas in the city are able to see a good portion of the sun covered by the moon this afternoon. Whether you are an Orlando resident or you are in town to visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse, you will be able to enjoy today’s eclipse.
As you can see on the map below, the state of Florida is fairly far away from the path of totality (those areas which will experience complete darkness during today’s solar eclipse). However, much of the state will see about 90 percent occlusion, which is pretty cool.
ECLIPSE TIME: For those viewing the eclipse in Orlando, you will want to head outside right now, as it started at 1:19 p.m. The eclipse will last approximately two hours and 55 minutes. The peak time for viewing the eclipse in Orlando is at 2:51 p.m. The eclipse will be completely over at approximately 4:14 p.m.
WEATHER: The weather in Orlando is partly cloudy today. Those in the Orlando area should get a pretty good view of the eclipse despite the clouds.
BEST PLACES TO WATCH THE ECLIPSE: If you are at a theme park or resort today, head outside with your protective eyewear to see the eclipse. You can also head to one of the following libraries to see the eclipse: Alafaya, Washington Park, or South Trail. There are also various viewing parties in Orlando. Head to the Dr. Phillips Center or to “Knights Under the Stars” held at UCF.
THE NEXT ECLIPSE: If you missed today’s solar eclipse, Florida will be able to see a partial annular eclipse on October 14, 2023. There will be another partial in Florida on April 8, 2024. Check out the map below to see the path of the 2017 solar eclipse and the path of the solar eclipse slated for 2024.