Partial Solar Eclipse, October 23rd

A semi-rare event will occur here in the US on Thursday. A partial solar eclipse will occur late in the afternoon. The best viewing will be west of the Mississippi to the left, uhhh, west coast. The eclipse will start around 4:30pm and peak at 5:45pm CDT.

Partial Solar Eclipse, October 23rd, 2014

If you want to see the eclipse, remember, NEVER look directly at the sun. You can permanently damage your eyes. You can make a viewer using a sheet of think paper with a small 1/4″ hole in the middle. Hold the paper in the sunlight. In the shadow created by the paper is the outline of the sun and the eclipse.

Another method is to use a medium-sized cardboard box, say a foot on a side with the top removed. Make a small hole in the middle of one side of the box. When that side of the box is presented to the sun, the image of the eclipse will be shown on the opposite side of the box.

Here is a link to a calculator (the chart below was created with this calculator) that will provide viewing times for your location.

Event Time in Kansas City Direction Altitude Looks like Comments
Partial Eclipse begins Oct 23 at 4:36 PM 237°West-southwest 18.9° Eclipse as seen from earth The Moon touches the Sun’s edge.
Maximum Eclipse Oct 23 at 5:45 PM 249°West-southwest 7.0° Eclipse as seen from earth Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.
Sun close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to West-southwest.
Sunset Oct 23 at 6:27 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° below Not directly visible Below horizon
Partial Eclipse ends Oct 23 at 6:47 PM 256°West-southwest 0.2° below Not directly visible Below horizon

This eclipse is in progress during sunrise or sunset, so the Sun is displayed only partly in some phases, according to its altitude below the horizon. The animation’s bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.

Times are local for Kansas City (CDT – Central Daylight Time).

Happy viewing!