Weather great for partial solar eclipse in metro Denver

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Partial solar eclipse

Partial solar eclipse

DENVER — The skies will be clear for perfect viewing the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in Colorado on Thursday afternoon. But the biggest no-no is to look directly at the sun to see the eclipse.

The eclipse started at 3:18 p.m. Its maximum was at 4:35 p.m. and it was over by 5:44 p.m. In the Denver metro area, about 55 percent of the sun was eclipsed by the moon.

NASA’s advice for viewing a solar eclipse: “Don’t stare. Even at maximum eclipse, a sliver of sun peeking out from behind the moon can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter.”

There are old tricks to view an eclipse indirectly, including punching a hole in cardboard and projecting the light through it onto a surface away from the sun.

Or let a tree do the work.

“Overlapping leaves create a myriad of natural little pinhole cameras, each one casting an image of the crescent-sun onto the ground beneath the canopy,” NASA says.

The next solar eclipse in North America will be in Aug. 21, 2017, and it will be more dramatic because it will be a rare total eclipse.

 

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