Partial solar eclipse viewing tips

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Just after sunrise Thursday morning, you’ll have the chance to see a special sight along the eastern horizon, a partial solar eclipse.

"For most of us, it will be a crescent. That is the most that we will see, like a Pac-Man," said George Hassel, teaching faculty for physics and astronomy at Siena College.

It occurs when the moon moves between the earth and sun, casting a shadow and blocking some of the sun’s light. Around 5:35 a.m. you’ll get the best look.

"It will actually go pretty quickly once it starts," he added.

For the best viewing spot, head to a place with a clear and unobstructed view of the eastern horizon. However, you shouldn’t just turn an eye to the sky. Solar eclipse glasses are a safe option.

"The thing to avoid is to try to look directly at it. Don’t use binoculars and don’t use a telescope," Hassel said.

A DIY pinhole projector will also work.

While partial eclipses happen about twice a year, being able to see one clearly and in-person is a rarity.

"The next one that we will be able to see well is in April of 2024," he said.

If you can’t view the partial eclipse in person, you can also find a stream here.

NewsChannel 13 will have team coverage on the partial eclipse Thursday morning on Early Today.