Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing from Arkansas River Valley on Thursday, October 23, 2014

On Oct. 7, 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, observed its first lunar transit when the new moon passed directly between the spacecraft (in its geosynchronous orbit) and the sun. With SDO watching the sun in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light, the dark moon created a partial eclipse of the sun. Image Credit: NASA

Partial Solar Eclipse from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 7, 2010. Image Credit: NASA

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°
Sunset: 6:23pm
End: 6:50pm (below horizon)

But remember! It’s extremely dangerous to look at the sun! For the best SAFE viewing, provides instructions on building a “Solar Eclipse Viewer” here…

The weather forecast for the Arkansas River Valley, as of Thursday morning