Solar Eclipse

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Date(s) - Oct 23, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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Astronomical Event

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Moon, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie. The partial eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and Central America. The moon will cover about 1/3 of the sun at totality. The Arthur Pursell Observatory will not be open for this event.

  1. NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT THE PROPER EYE PROTECTION!
  2. NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE OR BINOCULARS WITHOUT USING A SOLAR FILTER!

How to make a pinhole camera. (Operative word is “pinhole”) A very small nail will work also to puncture the box. The box can be open on one side. A better way to make the hole is to cut a large (size of a quarter) hole in the box and cover it with aluminum foil. Pierce the foil with a pin.

Ways to observe the sun safely.

Ways to observe the sun safely.

Using a pinhole camera

Using a pinhole camera

Tulare & Visalia, California.

The following time are taken from my planetarium programs simulation of the event. They are different than the ones shown for San Francisco. We will see which ones are correct.

Solar eclipse begins: 14:02 (2:02 p.m.)
Greatest eclipse: 15:30 (3:30 p.m.)
Eclipse ends: 16:47 (4:37 p.m.)

Pacific Daylight Time

San Francisco, California
Solar eclipse begins: 13:52 (1:52 p.m.) PDT
Greatest eclipse: 15:35 (3:35 p.m.) PDT
Solar eclipse ends: 17:44 (5:44 p.m.) PDT
Maximum obscuration of solar disk: 39%

What we can expect to see at maximum is pictured below.

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Visalia. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.

Eclipse Path

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What we can expect to see at maximum is pictured below.

10-23-14 @ 3:30 PM. Eclipse Maximum

10-23-14 @ 3:30 PM. Eclipse Maximum