Depending on cloud cover, residents of North America, this evening, should be able to experience a partial eclipse of the sun. A “partial” solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, hiding just a portion of the sun from view…as opposed to hiding the sun completely, as it would during a “total” solar eclipse.
To view the partial solar eclipse from the Arkansas River Valley region, you’ll need to find the best location that will provide a clear view of the west-southwest horizon. The moon will first meet the sun at 4:50pm, our time, at an altitude of 17.1°.
Here’s a schedule of events, as seen from our area…
Start: 4:50pm altitude 17.1°
Peak: 5:53pm altitude 5.3°
End: 6:50pm (below horizon)
But remember! It’s extremely dangerous to look at the sun! For the best SAFE viewing, space.com provides instructions on building a “Solar Eclipse Viewer” here…
The weather forecast for the Arkansas River Valley, as of Thursday morning