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Solar eclipse adds to sunset

If sunset seems a bit darker Thursday, blame the moon. Or at least its shadow. A partial solar eclipse will alter the sunset Thursday and it's a sight that won't happen across the entire nation again until 2023. "Although it is only a partial sol...

If sunset seems a bit darker Thursday, blame the moon.

Or at least its shadow. A partial solar eclipse will alter the sunset Thursday and it's a sight that won't happen across the entire nation again until 2023.

"Although it is only a partial solar eclipse, it is of particular interest because the event is widely visible from Canada and the USA," NASA reported.

How deep the eclipse will be with the moon's silhouette extending across the sun depends on location. Those farther west and north will have the best view. Minnesotans should see the eclipse until it reaches its maximum point but won't see the complete event before the sun slips past the horizon. AccuWeather reports the maximum time for the solar eclipse at 5:45 p.m. central time.

"While solar eclipses can provide a better view of the sun for scientists, other interesting phenomenon include the sudden appearance of sharper, crescent-shaped shadows and light projected from the sun's beams, according to NASA," AccuWeather stated.

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Eclipse watchers are reminded not to look directly into the sun with the naked eye and not with a telescope, camera or binoculars unless using protective solar filters, which are stronger than sunglasses. Looking directly at the sun risks damage to eyesight.

Business Insider included a video of a photographer who used the silver wrapping on a Pop-Tart to make a solar filter for his camera.

Others are advised to use the pinhole method by making a hole in a paper and watching the progression of the eclipse that way.

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