The evening of Thursday, October 23, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from Northeastern Ohio, fleetingly, however. The weather forecast looked promising at this writing but the Sun/Moon position will be a big issue.
The eclipse will begin at 5:42 PM EDT as the Moon begins its passage between Sun and Earth, blocking a portion of the light. The Sun’s image (viewed through solar-safe filters or in webcasts via the Internet) will show a steadily-increasing “bite” missing from its bright disk. All the while, the Sun-Moon combo will be sinking towards Sun-Moonset. Viewing will be difficult requiring the most distant horizons available to local observers.
The event will begin with first contact (on the Sun’s right-hand limb) and the eclipse just a bit more than 8 degrees above a clear horizon! That’s really low! The eclipse will reach its maximum coverage (50+ percent) during local sunset, which is around 6:30 PM. The low elevations put the eclipse into a region of the sky filled with local obstructions like trees, buildings, hills, etc. and the thickest, murkiest portion of the atmosphere.
Still, we don’t see that many solar eclipse opportunities for viewing locally. Sunset should be a dramatic event, during this eclipse. If you have the chance to safely watch, do it!
WARNING: Viewing the Sun is potentially dangerous to your vision! You MUST use proper filters to prevent permanent eye damage when looking at the Sun, eclipsed or not! Sunglasses are not safe for eclipse viewing, nor are exposed film, compact discs, polarizing filters, or other such gadgets. Read this article.