Rare Sunset Solar Eclipse Thursday 10/23

There was the blood moon on October 8th, the jack-o-lantern sun later that day, and now a rare sunset solar eclipse Thursday. What’s going on up there in the sky?

On October 23, two weeks after the moon passed through the Earth’s shadow, the moon will partially eclipse the sun.

Here are the times in the Central Time Zone
  • 4:23 p.m., eclipse begins
  • 6:15 p.m., sunset
  • 6:40 p.m., eclipse ends

Check NASA’s Eclipse Home Page for viewing times near you.

How to Safely Enjoy Looking at the Solar Eclipse

There are a few ways to observe a partial eclipse safely, but they all start with this credo: Never look directly at the Sun. The ultraviolet and infrared light is dangerous when focused on your retinas. Bob King, a long-time amateur astronomer, offers this advice.

Welders Glass

If you must, head to the nearest welding supply shop and purchase welding glass #14 or higher. If the glass rating is unknown, don’t use it.

Pinhole Viewer

The safest way to view the solar eclipse is by making a pinhole viewer. Never was there a more fashionable time to wear a cardboard box on your head.

Will you be watching? Where were you last time you saw an eclipse?

Time Lapsed View of the Solar Eclipse

One minute increments of the eclipse from Astrophotography by Dave Kodama

Image Credit: Partial Solar Eclipse 2011 Antti T. Nissinen

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