Solar eclipse visible from Boise

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - On Sunday, May 20, the moon will move between the Sun and the Earth, causing a solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from east Asia, the north Pacific Ocean, and the western United States, including Boise.

"From Boise it will actually only be a partial eclipse, but if you could see if from directly under the path it would be annular, which means that the moon is going to be a little smaller in diameter than the sun from our perspective," says Leif Edmondson, Education Liaison for the Boise Astronomical Society.

It will start around 6:12 pm, obtain maximum coverage at about 7:25 pm, and end at about 8:30 pm. At its maximum, the Moon will obscure about 80 percent of the sun. This is the first solar eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA.

Solar eclipses are made possible by an amazing coincidence. The diameter of the Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, but the Moon is 400 times closer to the Earth than the Sun. This makes the two astronomical bodies appear the same size on the Earth.

At the height of the eclipse, the sky will turn a dark blue as the moon obscures about 80 percent of the sun's light, but that last 20 percent is still enough to do serious damage to your eyes if you look at it.

"To view this eclipse safely you really need to project it against a white background using a pinhole projection device. Don't use sunglasses, mylar, sheet plastic, some of the things that people recommend, they're just not safe. You really need special equipment to see the sun safely," says Edmondson.

If you miss this one, don't worry, another will be along shortly, relatively speaking. A total eclipse is expected over Salmon, Idaho on August 21, 2017.

Follow the link below for safe sun-viewing techniques from NASA.
| NASA Sun Safety

Here is a link with some handy tips on how to make a solar projection
| Solar Projection Viewing

If you want to view the annular eclipse online head to these websites
| Watch Online at

| Watch Online from Area 51 in Nevada