Sneak peek at a partial eclipse of the sun

Like Pac Man does, the moon ‘chomped up’ 60%-70% of the sun over time during approximate two-hour event


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MOUNTAIN LAKE PUBLIC Elementary School second-grader Seth Majerus, left, and his mom, Michelle, right, don sunglasses and come equipped with a couple pieces of paper – one with a hole poked in it – in order to take a sneak peek at the partial eclipse of the sun. The reflection of the solar project can be seen in Mom Michelle’s shades. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Majerus)


Did you go outside late this afternoon to check out the partial solar eclipse?

A lot of folks did (including Seth Majerus and his mom, Michelle, as pictured above) – including NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), along with skywatchers and professional astronomers – all of whom streamed live views of the event online.

A partial eclipse means that the moon blocks just part of the sun. Up to 60%-70% of the sun was covered during the moon this time around. Today’s event (Thursday, October 23, 2014) began at approximately 4:48 p.m. Central Standard Time – with peak coverage at around 5:35 p.m. And, since today’s sunset was at 6:15 p.m. – sunset provided a spectacular view – with a partial “crescent” sunset as sunset and partial eclipse coincided. In all, it lasted a little over two hours.

And, hooray for us in the center of the country – we had the view best view. Canada did, too. However, New England and Hawaii missed out on this one.

If you missed this one, the next solar eclipse over North America will occur in about three years (August 2017) – and it will be a more dramatic and rare total eclipse.


THIS WAS OUR view of today’s partial solar eclipse using the ol’ tried-and-true method – viewing it indirectly by punching a hole in one piece of paper and projecting the light seeping through it onto a another paper surface away from the sun.


THE VIEW OF the partial eclipse (including sun spots) from Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, which is situated atop the Hollywood Hills. The observatory was one of those that live-streamed the event online. (Photo courtesy of Griffith Observatory)


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AND MARY CLASSEN of Mountain Lake immersed herself in the partial solar eclipse – getting creative with a colander – displaying a whole bunch of eclipsing suns. (Photo courtesy of Mary Classen)
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