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Partial solar eclipse this evening

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The first annular solar eclipse in 18 years will take place this evening.

An annular solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, and at the peak of the eclipse, only a ring of fire is visible around the sun.

Peak viewing will be in the western part of the United States and overseas in Asia.

Locally, we are not in an ideal location to see much. We will also have sunset working against us. The eclipse will begin around 7:30pm our time. Sunset is at 7:55pm. As you can see, we won't have much time to view it. The peak of the eclipse won't take place until after sunset.

Despite the factors working against ideal viewing, assuming we are cloud-free, we should still be able to see a small part of the sun obscure. It won't last long!

A word of caution...never, ever stare directly at the sun. Typical sunglasses will not properly protect your eyes. Radiation can severely damage your eyes and even cause you to go blind, so parents please caution your children if they plan to attempt to view the eclipse.

The best way to view the eclipse is to make a simple pinhole camera. If you are not sure how to do this, I have posted some directions on my Facebook page.

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