HED: Solar eclipse to occur Thursday

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HED: Solar eclipse to occur Thursday

Weather permitting, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from the Northeast Mississippi area Thursday.

The eclipse, the last total solar eclipse for the hemisphere this century, will begin to be visible in the Northeast Mississippi area about 11 a.m. and end at about 12:30 p.m.

Only about 20 percent of the sun’s surface will be obscured by the moon’s shadow as viewed from Northeast Mississippi. Viewers near the equator will see a complete blocking out of the sun during the eclipse.

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium at French Camp Academy in French Camp will sponsor a program beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by eclipse viewing through solar filters.

Observers are warned never to look directly at the sun without adequate eye protection. Severe eye damage can occur in only seconds without proper protection.

Eclipses are best viewed indirectly by poking a pin hole in a piece of cardboard, holding it up to the sun and projecting the image onto another, flat piece of cardboard.