Get your eclipse glasses ready. A partial eclipse is set to hit a Missouri sky near you on Saturday.
The Moon will move in front of the sun from Oregon to New Mexico and Texas and continue on to Central and South America.
Missouri State University Astronomer Mike Reed said the annular eclipse, also known as the ring of fire, will not look like a ring of fire in Missouri.
“Well in Missouri, it will always look like a crescent, so that’s the best you’re going to get from here is a crescent,” said Reed.
He said the eclipse will start at 11:27 a.m. and go until 1:26 p.m., with the best viewing time at 11:53 a.m.
Whether you get to see the full effect will depend on the clouds.
“Of course, if there’s clouds, you can’t see the sun, so you really have to be able to see the sun. So thin clouds would be okay. But if there’s big clouds, which I’m afraid, I think is the weather projection at the moment, I mean, it won’t really do anything. But you will, I mean, it’s something to pay attention to because no matter what, it will get darker outside. So, 63% of the sun will be blocked,” he said.
According to Reed, the eclipse will look somewhat like dusk.
To view the eclipse without injuring your eyes, he said solar viewing glasses, a handheld solar viewer, or a welding mask should be used. Reed has another trick up his sleeves.
“Another thing you can do if you want to see the effect of eclipse without looking at the eclipse is just put a couple of pinholes in a piece of paper and hold it up, you know, over pavement and look at the shadow. One of the things that I find really interesting is just watching like through holes of leaves and stuff. You’ll see these crescent all over the ground. Any little hole in any object will make a crescent on the ground if the sun is out,” said Reed.
You should not look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or a solar viewer because the solar rays will cause serious injury to your eyes.
Reed said he will be viewing the partial eclipse in New Mexico.
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