2014 has been a lucky year so far- it seems like every month there’s a unique celestial event occurring. It was just 2 weeks ago that we had a glimpse at a lunar eclipse, or “blood moon”, and now the moon will return the favor and cast its shadow on the Earth. This will occur close to sunset for us in the Stateline tomorrow evening.
This will be a partial solar eclipse, with the moon blocking out only a section of the sun. The farther west and north you go in North America during this event, the more the moon will “eat” into the sun. Up to 85% of the sun may be blocked out over northern Canada.
What may be blocking us from even seeing the partial eclipse will be some lingering cloud cover behind potential rain showers tomorrow afternoon. Here’s how Futuretrack looks around sunset Thursday evening (sunset will be at 6:04 PM).
Let’s hope the sky is at least beginning to clear out by 5:30 PM, otherwise we won’t see much of the celestial event.
The most important thing to do tomorrow evening, if we do get a glimpse of the partial eclipse, is to not look directly at the sun!!! Permanent damage to your eyesight will occur. To safely view the eclipse, check out this link from NASA for suggestions: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/how-to-safely-watch-the-october-23-partial-solar-eclipse/index.html#.VEgyqfnF81I
They recommend building a pinhole viewer out of cardboard, or use specialty wielding masks or eclipse glasses.
If you can’t view Thursday’s partial eclipse, mark this date down on your calendar: August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse will occur on that date, and should be visible for much of the United States!
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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on October 22, 2014