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Francis Marion University holding eclipse events

FMU is having events the Saturday and Sunday before the eclipse, using their planetarium as a chance to teach families about the sun, moon and earth. (WPDE)

If you live in some areas of the Pee Dee, you'll get the chance to catch a quick glimpse of the solar eclipse coming our way.

Francis Marion University is holding events to teach people about it and will be letting people watch it at their baseball stadium on August 21st.

Most of Florence County will see 99 percent of the sun covered by the moon.

"For here it'll only be a few seconds because it'll just be passing back over again but you'll still be able to see how it's getting darker out and then it'll start getting brighter again," Jeannette Myers, FMU Professor of Astronomy said.

FMU is having events the Saturday and Sunday before the eclipse, using their planetarium to teach families about the sun, moon and earth.

"We'll be teaching families how to safely view the eclipse and help them explain to their children what is exactly going to be happening during the event," Myers said.

For the big day their baseball stadium will be ready for up to 4,000 people - and it'll be a great view.

"So the stadium seating is going to have us facing toward the south which is really what we want. You want a south facing view because the sun is going to be passing high up over head. So this way, also stadium seating means that your body can at least have some support while you're looking up," Myers said.

If you live in Florence County you'll be waiting a while for the next one

"The next one to come to the Florence area, you're gonna wait until the year 2078 and in that time period the path of totality is coming right over Florence and they will have over four minutes of darkness. So tell your grandchildren to wait for 2078," Myers said.

The eclipse will darken the area around 2:45 p.m. on Monday August 21st.

Mike Reichenbach Ford Lincoln is sponsoring glasses attendees' glasses for the FMU event.

Related: No glasses? No problem. Eclipse viewing parties planned on the Grand Strand, Pee Dee

The university will be passing out solar viewing glasses and cards until their supply runs out. If you plan on going, they recommend bringing food water and lawn chairs.

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