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Solar Eclipse 101: Your Guide to the 2024 Solar Eclipse with Derek Demeter

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur across parts of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Additionally, most of the United States will see a partial eclipse. Join Derek Demeter, astronomer and director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College as we explore the science behind what makes eclipses happen and what to expect on the day of the eclipse. Register ahead to reserve your seat in our theatre for this special event, and see Derek Demeter again on the Oval Lawn Stage in the evening for Starry, Starry Night!

About the Speaker:

Ever since Derek could remember, he has been looking to the stars. This constant fascination with astronomy gave him the inspiration he needed to soar through the many stellar journeys he has experienced throughout his life. While a student finishing his degrees in Physics and Technical Education he landed a position at the Seminole State College Planetarium in Sanford, Florida. Over much of the last decade, his passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe has earned him accolades and recognition from the planetarium industry, his peers, and the community. He now works hard presenting programs to both the community at large and to students of all ages. Derek also promotes science beyond the planetarium with his appearances at many other venues such as the Harmony Dark Sky Festival, Cafe Science of Orlando, local libraries, the Central Florida Astronomical Society, and simply setting up a telescope at local shopping centers to give the public a truly “out-of-this world” experience.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, January 13, 2024
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Visitor Center Theater


Free for members / $20 for non-member adults, $10 for non-member children ages 6 – 17 (includes admission), Free for children 5 and under
Registration Required
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Please Note:
Ticket price includes general admission to the Gardens. Tickets are available for purchase at boktower.org, in person at the Visitor Center or by phone at 863-734-1222. All programs and classes promptly begin at stated time and visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins for check-in. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Culinary events are demonstration based and late arrivals may not be accommodated. For classes held after 5 pm, the entrance gate will stay open for an additional 30 minutes after the start time. Once the gate closes, late arrivals will not be admitted. Due to the nature of culinary events held at the Outdoor Kitchen, Bok Tower Garden may attempt, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate food allergies. Dogs are not permitted at any educational program.