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Watching the Skies with Brad Klein: A partial solar eclipse Saturday

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
A partial eclipse of the sun as seen in 2017. About 25% of the Sun will be eclipsed as seen in the Lehigh Valley, on the afternoon of Oct. 14. Never look directly at an eclipse of the Sun.

  • A partial eclipse of the Sun will be visible from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 in the Lehigh Valley
  • Never look directly at a solar eclipse without special safety glasses
  • A safe way to watch is by casting an image of the sun onto another surface using a pin hole in a paper plate, or even a common kitchen colander

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Brad Klein reviewed the week’s astronomical highlights with Bethlehem’s "Backyard Astronomy Guy," Marty McGuire.

This week, there is a chance to see a partial solar eclipse from noon to 2:30p.m. Saturday Oct. 14.

Enjoy it, for sure, but never look directly at a solar eclipse, experts say.

Some ways to view the event if skies include:

  • Special eclipse solar safety glasses
  • Or you can use a kitchen colander, or even a paper plate with a pin hole, to cast an image of the solar disc onto the ground
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Brad Klein
WLVR’s Brad Klein (l) and Bethlehem’s "Backyard Astronomy Guy" Marty McGuire

For an even more dramatic view, you’ll need to fly to Central Texas or points West, where eclipse buffs are hoping for a "ring of fire" eclipse in which the sun fully surrounds the moon’s shadow.