Partial solar eclipse this evening - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Partial solar eclipse this evening

Posted: Updated:

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.

Copyright 2012 WLBT. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.