Ring Of Fire Solar Eclipse Peaks Tomorrow Morning At 5:33

WBZ-TV's Sarah Wroblewski reports.

Video Transcript


- If you are up super early tomorrow, you have the chance to see the Ring of Fire solar eclipse. The eclipse will be partially visible from New England.

- So we have a chance.

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- That's what you're saying.

- If you wake up early.

- The moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, blocking all but the sun's outer ring, creating a spectacular sight. WBZ meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski shows us when and how to watch.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: Early birds, get ready. Starting at 5:07 Thursday morning, a partial solar eclipse will be viewable in our area. You'll want to get a spot with a clear view of the horizon, like a beach. The eclipse will peak at 5:33 and last until 6:32 am. To see what looks like a ring of fire, you'll have to travel North into Canada. Here it'll look more like a shark's fin, as if the moon has taken a bite out of the sun. And looking at it directly can damage your eyes so here are some ways to safely watch it.

JAY PASACHOFF: From Boston, you'll see about 80% of the sun's diameter covered by the moon, but the part that's still there is too bright to look at safely unless you have a safe solar filter, or a welder's glass number 13 or 14 or something. You might be able to get also at a hardware store today.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And if you can't get to the store, local astronomer, Jay Pasachoff, explains there's a simple way to view the eclipse.

JAY PASACHOFF: Also you can make what's called a pinhole camera where you just punch a hole in a piece of cardboard and hold it up to the sun. Then you look away from the sun, and on the wall, you should see the shape of the eclipse.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And Pasachoff will be going to the extreme to get the best view. He will be one of 30 on an early morning chartered flight to cross the border to see the solar eclipse.

JAY PASACHOFF: For the 4 and 1/2 minutes of the ring, we'll just be flying in a straight line from Southeast to Northwest and see the ring eclipse right out the window.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: And you have seen a number of eclipses in your lifetime. Is there any that stand out to you?

JAY PASACHOFF: Well, always the last one or always the next one. They're each as exciting in its own-- in its own way. I'm looking forward to my 73rd solar eclipse tomorrow.

SARAH WROBLEWSKI: I'm meteorologist Sarah Wroblewski, WBZ News.