Much of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse starting around 6 p.m. ET on Thursday. If you have a telescope or binoculars, dust off your solar filters and get ready for the show. Don’t have those? A pair of welder googles will also do the trick.
Or, you can go homemade. Grab a paper plate and punch a pinhole through it. Aim the sunlight onto a piece of paper, and you can watch the solar eclipse as it happens.
‘Can I See It?’
Unless you live in a portion of eastern Canada or a small sliver of the Northeast, then yes, you’ll be able to see it. The greatest eclipse coverage, with more than four fifths of the sun covered will be in areas of the Canadian Arctic around M’Clintock Channel.
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Large parts of Alaska and Canada, along with the Pacific Northwest and northern parts of the Midwest will see more than 60% of the sun covered by the moon. As you go south, less of the sun will be covered by the moon.
The Southwest and the central and south plains will see anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of the sun covered by the moon. Ohio, Tennessee and the Mississippi valleys will be in for a treat as the peak eclipse in these areas occurs right as the sun starts to set.
This can’t be stressed enough. Make sure you are protecting your eyes if you are planning on viewing the solar eclipse. The sun is still just as dangerous to look out when a solar eclipse is going on compared to a normal sunny day. If you don’t have the proper eyewear protection, use the pinhole method. Space.com has a cool video showing you how to make one using a shoebox