N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.

October 21, 2014 by Marcia Dunn

North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.

On Thursday, most of North America will have prime viewing of a . The new moon will hide part of the sun from view. The eclipse will unfold slowly following its start near the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.

The best views will be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada, especially Prince of Wales Island. New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces will miss out.

In the eastern half of the U.S., the eclipse will occur near sunset.

Sky gazers are urged to protect their eyes with special filtered glasses. Regular sunglasses are not good enough.

This makes for two solar and two this year.

Explore further: Second total lunar eclipse of year coming up Wed.

More information: NASA: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2014.html#SE2014Oct23P

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