NASA Eclipse expert says a Partial Solar eclipse happening across eastern US on October 23

October 19, 2014 8:53 PM

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On Thursday, Oct. 23, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red and crescent-shaped.“It’s a partial solar eclipse,” explained longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. The new moon is going to “take a bite” out of the sun. A partial eclipse is when the moon passes in front of the sun, off-center, with a fraction of the bright disk remaining uncovered. The partial eclipse of Oct. 23 will be visible from all of the United States except Hawaii and New England. Coverage ranges from 12 percent in Florida to nearly 70 percent in Alaska. Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the crescent.

“Observers in the Central Time zone have the best view because the eclipse is in its maximum phase at sunset,” said Espenak. “They will see a fiery crescent sinking below the horizon, dimmed to human visibility by low-hanging clouds and mist.”
 Thursday’s partial solar eclipse begins at 1:34 p.m. wh...

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