Everything You Need to Know for Today’s Partial Solar Eclipse
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(The end of an annular solar eclipse in 2013, in Ottawa, Canada.)
Today is the day! If you step outside your door this afternoon, you might see a rare event in North America: A partial solar eclipse.
And using information from NASA, WeatherNation has complied a comprehensive list of times to watch the eclipse in your city.
Not all ares of the U.S. will be able to see the eclipse. Parts of the Northeast will be socked in with cloud cover, making it difficult to see the celestial display. Even so, the sun will set for places like Maine and New Hampshire before the eclipse even begins. The Pacific Northwest, a prime area for viewing, will also likely be dealing with a thick blanket of cloud cover — making it virtually impossible to see the event.
If you are able to watch the eclipse, please don’t stare directly into the sun — it could cause permanent eye damage. Here’s a list of ways to watch it safely:
1) You can use everyday materials to crate a simple and inexpensive projection device. Here’s what you’ll need: A card with a pinhole, a huge sheet of white paper and a pair of binoculars (optional).
Hold card with the pinhole between the sun and the sheet of paper. The sun, and the resulting void in the light — caused by the moon — will project onto the larger sheet of paper. The binoculars can be used to magnify the projection by holding it up to the pinhole in the card. NEVER look into the binoculars.
2) Specifically designed filters that are made to watch solar phenomena. According to NASA, ” Such filters usually have a thin layer of aluminum, chromium or silver deposited on their surfaces.” You can also use #14 welders glasses to watch the eclipse.
3) If you have it on hand, use a telescope with a solar filter. As you’d expect, this is the most expensive option.
However you decide to watch the eclipse, do so responsibly and enjoy the show!
Meteorologist Alan Raymond