SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A partial solar eclipse could be visible early Sunday in western Massachusetts providing no clouds are in the way.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun. The moon blocking the sun casts a shadow over a portion of the earth.
In this particular instance, the total solar eclipse will fall over Africa and part of the Atlantic Ocean. The partial eclipse covers a much wider area...including western Massachusetts. A partial eclipse means part of the sun will be blocked over western Massachusetts. For us, about 70% of the sun will be covered over our skies.
Best viewing: from about 6:26am-7am on Sunday. Remember to set your clocks back before you go to bed.
Two things make it tricky to view in western Mass.: If we have clouds, secondly this solar eclipse occurs for us in the 30 minutes after sunrise, so the sun will be off the horizon and not too high in the sky.
WARNING: Don't look directly at the solar eclipse or you could do damage to your eyes.
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