Partial solar eclipse expected as the sun rises Thursday |

Partial solar eclipse expected as the sun rises Thursday

Alexander Bielfeld
Updated: June 09, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: June 09, 2021 03:17 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A partial solar eclipse is expected to be seen across the viewing area as the sun rises Thursday morning. 

The eclipse will begin at sunrise, around 5:30 a.m, peak around 5:38 a.m., and end after 6:37 a.m. For us in the Rochester area, we will not see totality, but we will be waking up to 78% of the sun be covered by the moon, creating a crescent on the horizon. 

To view the eclipse, you will want to look east/northeast at sunrise and make sure your view is clear of any trees or buildings. Also while viewing the eclipse, you want to use safe solar viewing glasses.

“Whenever you're looking at the sun for an extended period of time, you want to wear safe solar viewing glasses, and we will have those at our eclipse viewing locations," Steve Fentress, the director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, said. "Or, you use some method to project some image of the sun. Let it shine through a small hole, and that will make an image on the surface behind the hole, but you don't want to look directly at the sun, especially for any length of time."

Fentress mentioned the Rochester Museum and Science Center will be hosting two viewing parties for the eclipse — one at Martin Road Park in Henrietta; the other at Hamlin Beach State Park in parking area four. 

Fentress says the museum will come prepared with safe viewing equipment, and they will arrive just before sunrise Thursday.

However, the most important factor remaining for viewing the eclipse will be the forecast. Cloudy skies will not do us any good, while clear skies will give us a view of one of nature’s most exciting spectacles. 

The good news for the Rochester area is that skies are expected to remain mainly clear during sunrise as we are expecting great viewing conditions.

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