Partial solar eclipse to be visible Thursday afternoon

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A partial solar eclipse will be visible in San Diego Thursday afternoon, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will hold a viewing event outside the museum in Balboa Park.

The path of the moon will begin to block the sun around 2:15 p.m. and gradually build to its height, which will be just after 3:30 p.m., museum officials said. They said less than half of the sun will be covered in San Diego, but the quality of light outside should be noticeably different.

Museum educators and staff will be available in the plaza adjacent to the museum to answer questions and demonstrate how to make a pinhole viewer, which is the safest way to view the eclipse.

People are urged to not look directly at the sun because permanent eye damage can result.

Astronomy buffs with telescopes and projection screens are expected to attend, along with a staff astronomer Lisa Will, according to the museum. Eclipse shade glasses will be available for purchase inside the Fleet’s store.

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