Eclipse will cover 92.8 percent of the sun when viewed from Port AFree Access


Kathryn Cargo

Reporter

Folks viewing the solar eclipse from Port Aransas on Monday, April 8, will be able to see 92.8 percent of the sun being covered by the moon at maximum eclipse, according to an online tool created by NASA.
In Port Aransas, the eclipse will start at 12:13 p.m., and the sun will be partially covered at 12:57 p.m. The maximum coverage will take place at 1:33 p.m. The eclipse will end at 2:55 p.m., according to NASA’s website.

Visit science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/where-when/ and enter a zip code to see how the eclipse will look from that area.

Port Aransas is forecast to be partly to mostly cloudy on Monday, with a “high probability” of at least 50 percent cloud cover in the sky, said Penny Harness, meteorologist with the Corpus Christi division of the National Weather Service.

“Most likely, it’s going to be higher than that. So, viewing conditions aren’t looking very favorable at this point,” she said.

Temperatures on Monday will be in the upper 70s around 80 degrees, Harness said. There is a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

The kind of clouds that are in the sky Monday will impact viewing the eclipse, Harness said. While high clouds could dimmish the viewing experience, they are often thin and transparent, which can allow many aspects of the eclipse to still be visible. Low clouds could allow for some visibility, but the conditions would be hit or miss.

It is not safe to look directly at the eclipse without specialized eye protection for solar viewing, according to NASA’s website. Viewing any part of the sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

You must look at the eclipse through safe solar viewing glasses (eclipse glasses) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times, according to NASA. Eclipse glasses are not regular sunglasses. No matter how dark regular sunglasses are, they are not safe for viewing the sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker.

Do not look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer – the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.

Contact Kathryn Cargo at reporter@portasouthjetty.com.

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