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Early risers will get quite the view Thursday morning when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, and the eclipse will create a "ring of fire" in the sky; CBS2's Lonnie Quinn reports.
- So I'm surprised Lonnie doesn't have his sleeves up for this next story.
- This is exciting because--
- He's been waiting for this.
- He has been. Early risers tomorrow morning going to get quite the surprise in the scene when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.
- Yes, and the eclipse will create a ring of fire in the sky. Lonnie joins us now with more on when and where we can get the best view of this.
LONNIE QUINN: All right. Well, look, it all comes down to the weather, right? We have to have the skies cooperate. It's a little dicey right now. But in terms of getting the view-- I'm going to talk weather in just a bit-- in terms of getting the view, you either want to go to some place that you have a nice flat view of the horizon, like a beach, or, if you're here in the city, high, guys, go up as high as you can, rooftops, things like that. Observation deck of the Empire State Building, for example. If the skies are clear enough, that's the if right now, but if they are, it is definitely worth you getting up super early tomorrow morning.
Thursday morning could be the sunrise of our lifetime. At 5:24 AM the sun will rise as an eclipse.
JACKIE FAHERTY: It's a show in the sky. The partial eclipse is so dramatic. You have to look at it safely, but when you do, it looks like the Death Star is moving across the sun.
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LONNIE QUINN: No Luke Skywalker here but the sky is going to be dramatic. A sunrise eclipse like this has only happened twice since the 1800s. This one is an annular eclipse. That simply means the moon is not quite big enough to cover the sun completely. Joe Rao from the Hayden Planetarium explains it in dollars and cents.
JOE RAO: Grab a nickel and a penny, cover up that nickel with the penny. You won't be able to do so. The sun will come up looking like a sickle or a slice of cantaloupe melon, if you will.
LONNIE QUINN: And we will get a decent view but Canada will get the best.
They're going to see the moon covering nearly all of the sun except for that outer edge. Now, if the weather cooperates, our area will get a great show. 80% of the sun covered by the moon, that's more than we saw in 2017.
- Yeah, you can see that.
- Great timing.
LONNIE QUINN: So let's talk about viewing this sunrise eclipse because there's no doubt in my mind we've all watched sunrises before, right, and we haven't had special glasses on. But when you watch those sunrises, you don't look at it for an extended period of time. This eclipse, you're most likely going to watch longer. So put the glasses on, it's the best thing you can do. If you don't have the glasses, keep it short. Look five, 10, maybe 15 seconds. Look away.
JACKIE FAHERTY: When you're staring at that, the sun is low and you're looking through a lot of atmosphere. And that atmosphere is what's protecting you, why it's easier to look at the sun. But there is still harmful radiation coming from the sun and impacting your eyes.
LONNIE QUINN: OK, guys. I know of a number of photographers that are traveling here to the tri-state area because they want to get that epic picture of the skyline of Manhattan with an eclipse rising behind it, right? If you photographers out there happen to sleep in and you miss the epic shot, well, you'll get it on the next one. Because our next sunrise eclipse will be in 2079. That's 58 years from now. So eat your veggies everybody. Maybe have that slice of cantaloupe melon that Joe was referring to.
And you can tune in tomorrow on CBS2 "This Morning" begins at 5:00 AM for live complete coverage of the eclipse. I will be out there. Right now, my destination is going to be the shoreline in Connecticut, but it may change depending on the weather. But I'm going to be there. I want to see this. It'll be the first one of my lifetime where I watched an eclipse rise up above the horizon.
- Wow, so will we be able to see this thing? Will the skies be clear? I mean--
LONNIE QUINN: Man, you're right.
- --because I'm not getting up at 5:00 for nothing.
LONNIE QUINN: OK I-- I will tell you right now as of right now, guys, I think the farther north you go, the better the shot's going to be. But what is so amazing about this is it's an eclipse that's coming up as a sunrise. So when you see in the sky and you get a picture of it, there's no reference point. Can you imagine seeing an eclipse behind like the Statue of Liberty? And it's an amazing thing to see at this low in the atmosphere. Please, if-- if you get cooperating weather, check it out.
- I know. And you know what? Some people can go to their rooftops here in the city--
LONNIE QUINN: Mm-hmm.
- --and they might be able to get a sneak peek.
LONNIE QUINN: I hope so. I'm hoping the weather will cooperate.