If you are wanting to view this week’s partial solar eclipse, you should make plans to take the afternoon off on October 23 as the late afternoon will be the best time to see the event.
In the United States, viewers can start looking to the skies at 3:38 p.m. ET on Thursday, and the eclipse will be at its maximum at about 5:45 p.m. ET. NBC News also indicated that the eclipse will end at about 7:52 p.m. that evening.
Everyone in North America will be able to view some of the partial solar eclipse, although the best views will be the northern most parts of the continent in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. If you plan to view the eclipse with your family, everyone will need to take precautions to keep from injuring their eyes.
A partial solar eclipse may be more dangerous to view than a total eclipse of the sun because the first instinct is to look toward it. However, that can put your eyesight in danger since you will be looking toward the sun. The Arizona Daily Star advices eclipse viewers use a solar filter to safely view the solar eclipse.
Do not use a telescope or binoculars if view the eclipse unless you are using solar filters specified made for those devices. Looking at the sun without a filter could easily lead to serious eye damage, including blindness, for the solar eclipse viewer.
People interested in seeing the partial solar eclipse should not try to create their own way to see the eclipse. Color film, x-ray film, and some types of non-silver black and white film are not safe to use when viewing the sun during a partial eclipse.
You can safely see the eclipse through filters made specifically for that purpose, or you can create a pinhole camera to project the view of the eclipse onto another surface. Pinhole cameras are easy to make at home. All you need is two stiff pieces of white cardboard and one piece of aluminum foil.
Cut a hole in the center of one piece of cardboard and tape the foil over the hole. Use a sewing needle to pierce a hole in the center of the foil. Standing with your back to the sun, use the other piece of cardboard as a screen and project the image of the solar eclipse using the pinhole camera you created.
The last partial eclipse that could be seen in the U.S. was a hybrid eclipse on November 3, 2013, which was reported in the Inquisitr. The next eclipse that will be visible in most of the U.S. is a total eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017.
[image by AP]