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Excitement is building for a rare sunrise eclipse this morning. CBS2's Lonnie Quinn has the latest on what to expect.

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- Ready?

- Excitement is building for a rare sunrise eclipse. Early risers will get quite the view this morning when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.

- Some places will be seeing what's called a ring of fire. CBS 2's Lonnie Quinn woke up extra early just for this. He joins us live from [INAUDIBLE] Beach in Westport. Hi, Lonnie.

- Lonnie!

LONNIE QUINN: Good morning to my pals. It seems like I haven't seen you guys in forever. On different schedules. But yeah, look, I am up early. Went to bed late, up early, because this is, for me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Again, if you're sitting by your TV, I encourage you-- you got to get outside to see this. The weather is actually cooperating pretty nice. And I want to bring in somebody who's the expert on this jury. Joe Rao joins me now from the Hayden Planetarium. Joe, good morning to you.

JOE RAO: Well, good morning, Lonnie. It's nice to have a very, very lovely sky for a lunar-- solar eclipse this morning.

LONNIE QUINN: And let's talk about that, because it was a little nip and tuck there about whether it was going to cooperate.

JOE RAO: Absolutely. But that front that you spoke about and it leads to.


JOE RAO: Right through. Pushed all the clouds and the rain out. And now what's going to be interesting now in the next 20 or 25 minutes, I'm going to be interested to see-- this is your typical early morning twilight, but now as the sun gets more and more covered, even though it's below the horizon, I'm beginning to wonder whether or not we're going to see the twilight turn a bit more subdued as we get closer to the time of sunrise. And then sun rises-- for the most of the tri-state area will be around 5:24 this morning.

LONNIE QUINN: Right, but so let's talk about that. What are we going to see, exactly, come 5:24 as the sun cracks the horizon?

JOE RAO: You're going to see a sunrise that you have probably never seen before in your life. The sun is going to be-- 4/5 of it is going to be behind the disk of the moon. And it's going to come up horns or cusps upward. And if we had a perfectly clear sky near the horizon-- we don't quite have that here-- but for those who do, you'll be able to see what looks like devil's horns emerging from out of the east [INAUDIBLE].

LONNIE QUINN: Almost. I think it almost looks like two different sources of the sun coming up. You know what I mean? It's kind of cool-looking.

JOE RAO: Absolutely.

LONNIE QUINN: And the other thing, Joe, when you talk about how, hey, we've got some clouds out there. I maintain-- and I've been saying this all along-- let's not be frightened of some clouds for this morning eclipse. I think it makes the sky a little bit more dramatic.

JOE RAO: It's going to be more picturesque and kind of dramatic indeed when we get that view of the sun. You have some lacy clouds in front of it and it's a crescent sun, that's going to be a major-- an amazing shot. A real photo op, especially if you are in, let's say, an area that has iconic images, skyscrapers in New York. I'm hoping the skies are nice and clear down in the New York area.

LONNIE QUINN: I think they're going to end up doing just fine. But you know, that's a big key here, guys, about this eclipse. I say it's once in a lifetime for me. It's not going happen again until, what, 2079?

JOE RAO: Well, in terms of a sunrise eclipse.

LONNIE QUINN: That's what I'm talking about, specifically.

JOE RAO: In 2079, May the 1st, Tuesday morning, if you want to make a note on your calendar.


JOE RAO: We're going to have-- we have an 80% partial eclipse. In 2079, the sun is going to rise in total eclipse. [INAUDIBLE] astonishing.

LONNIE QUINN: And we got to talk about that, because we're coming back and talking some more here later, guys. But we talk about how special a sunrise eclipse is, Chris and Cindy. Think about it. We often-- whenever you see an eclipse, it's up high in the sky. This gives you a reference point. You can see the eclipsed sun, maybe behind wherever you are-- maybe possibly the Statue of Liberty. Iconic pictures like that. Just, I'm telling you, this goes down in the record books for people like me who are in their 50s. I'm going to be 115 for the next one, Chris. I got to really eat well.

JOE RAO: I mean, think about this, Lonnie. Every day of your life, you have-- if you wanted to, you wake up early, watch the sunrise. A big red or orange ball coming out of the Eastern horizon. This morning, nothing like that. This morning, the big exception. You're going to have a cantaloupe melon slice coming up above the horizon.

LONNIE QUINN: That's right. There you go. So eat your cantaloupe. Guys, listen, we're going to wrap it up for now. But look, the big show. 5:24. We're going to be here all morning with you. Let's go back to you in the studio.

- Cannot wait, Lonnie. Cannot wait. And when you're 115, I'll be 109, so we can sit together and watch the [INAUDIBLE]. Thanks, Lonnie.

LONNIE QUINN: We can swap out our teeth.

- You got it. Sounds great. Stay with CBS 2 for continuing coverage of this morning's eclipse. We'll be following it moment by moment as Lonnie mentioned. Throughout the morning, we're going to head back out to Lonnie right before 5:24 for the start of the eclipse for play by play. And then John Elliott's going to join our coverage coming up in the next half hour, so we're really blowing out the budget this morning. It's once in a lifetime stuff.

- Exactly.