Partial solar eclipse viewable in Indiana

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Alexander Komives

Indiana residents will have an opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, but clarity of the eclipse will depend upon weather conditions.

The partial eclipse will begin at 5:43 p.m. Thursday -- about an hour before sunset, according to Alexander Komives, professor and chairman of the physics and astronomy department at DePauw University.

The sun will set before the eclipse is completed.

As with all solar eclipses, people should not look directly at it in order to protect their eyes.

Komives says that the best way to view the partial solar eclipse is to poke a pinhole in a piece of cardboard and project the image on another piece of cardboard to show progress of the moon passing between the sun and Earth.

Because the eclipse will be low in the western sky, it will be best viewed from an open area clear of trees or from the top of a building.

Komives says the eclipse will be visible throughout most of the United States with greater portions of the sun being covered and more of the eclipse being visible before the sun sets to the west and north of Indiana. There will not be a total eclipse viewable anywhere.

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  • very cool! We enjoyed the lunar eclipse a few weeks ago even getting up at 5:30 am to see it! The pinhole projector is a good idea!

    -- Posted by rimmer1 on Sun, Oct 19, 2014, at 11:05 PM
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