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Georgia Southern Planetarium hosting solar eclipse shows

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The countdown is on to Monday's total solar eclipse, but Friday night, hundreds of people will take an early eye to the sky to get ready. 

Georgia Southern's Planetarium is offering a sneak peek at what to expect and how to safely enjoy the rare sight. 

Organizers say they've been totally shocked at the cultural craze this has become. It's captivated Dillon Marcy and millions more. 

"When you get about 100 calls a day asking what's going on with the eclipse, and emails's blown my mind how popular this eclipse has been, especially here in Southeast Georgia," said Dillon Marcy, GSU Physics Department. "It's a unique event, probably once-in-a-lifetime because each eclipse is different from another."

The one that will pass across the Southeast Monday offers a spectrum of blackout, with totality several hours from us. 

"We'll be at 97 percent. Mathematically, that's not 100 percent. We won't have totality here, but it will still be spectacular," Marcy said. 

Marcy says one thing he'll include in the shows is how to protect your eyes. 

"I'm really stressing safety. People lose their vision in eclipses all the time. I want everybody to be perfectly safe during this," he said. 

He says the interest in this eclipse could be the launching point for plenty of future scientists. 

"I hope this gets more people into science. I'm hoping they don't just think science is cool for the next couple of weeks, but that science is cool, forever, essentially," Marcy said. 

The first seven shows - Friday night and Wednesday - are already sold out, but they're trying to schedule some additional ones after next week. We'll keep you posted if they do. 

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