Partial Solar Eclipse To Be Seen On Thursday Oct. 23

Article by The Editors of Sky Telescope

Spectators in western North America will be able to see all stages of the partial solar eclipse on October 23, 2014 (weather permitting).

Those living in the east of North America will see the sun set while the eclipse is still in progress. Figure out what time the eclipse will be the deepest at your site by interpolating between the red lines.

--On the afternoon of October 23rd, two weeks after the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, the Moon will cast some of its own shadow onto Earth.

Nowhere will this eclipse of the Sun be total. But as the map below shows, for most of
Canada, the United States, and Mexico, the Sun will be partially eclipsed. For this event, the farther west and north you are the better.

In the American West the entire eclipse happens while the Sun is still fairly high in the afternoon sky.

In most of the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, the eclipse is still in progress at sunset — offering dramatic photo opportunities if you can find a low western horizon.

Along a line from the Florida Panhandle through Michigan, the Sun sets right when the eclipse reaches its maximum depth.

East of that line, the Sun will set after the partial eclipse begins but before it reaches maximum. New England misses out altogether.

The farther north you are, the deeper the partial eclipse will become.

In San Diego, for instance, the Moon’s silhouette will reach 43% of the way across the Sun’s disk at mid-eclipse (3:32 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time).

In Vancouver the silhouette will extend 66% of the way across (at 2:57 p.m. PDT).

For precise local times for many cities and towns, and much else, see the NASA Eclipse Site.

This partial eclipse is just a warm-up. America’s next total eclipse of the Sun is now only three years away, on August 21, 2017.

Visit NASA's Eclipse website for additional information.

Also visit Sky Telescope for more information.