Solar eclipse tips from Sarasota astronomer

Sarasota astronomer has seen 12 eclipses

SARASOTA, Fla. - Gregory Shanos is perhaps the "eclipse king."

"I've seen twelve of them all around the world," said Shanos.

The Great American Eclipse usually happens about once a lifetime. Shanos said the last time we've had a similar event was in 1918.

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"It really is spectacular everybody needs to observe it, but you do need special glasses," said Shanos.

Most public libraries are handing out the eclipse glasses for free.

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The glasses block out most of the sun's rays. Shanos said most of Florida will see about an 80-percent eclipse.

"I've heard crickets chirping, it's getting dark and they sense the darkness so they react to it," said Shanos.

The eclipse will last from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. with the max darkness being at 2:50 p.m. 

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