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How to watch a partial solar eclipse in Chicago on Saturday?

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Chicago area this Saturday (if clouds and weather cooperate) and the Adler Planetarium wants to help you watch.

According to Adler, the eclipse will be visible in the Chicago area on October 14 at 10.37, will reach its peak at 11.58 and will last until 13.22. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Earth. The Sun casts a shadow on the Earth. At the height of this eclipse, approximately 43% of the sun will be obscured as viewed from Chicago.

The Planetarium will host Eclipse Encounter ’23, a free outdoor event (weather dependent) on the Museum Campus. To safely view the eclipse, telescopes equipped with solar filters will be set up around the museum grounds, solar imagers will be distributed as end equipment, and Adler staff and volunteers, such as WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling, will also be on hand.

As with solar eclipses of the past, viewing the eclipse without sun watchers can be dangerous for your eyes. According to NASA, “It is unsafe to look directly at the Sun except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the bright side of the Sun, and this will only occur within the narrow path of totality.” There will not be a moment of completeness in the 2023 eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can burn the retina of your eye, potentially causing permanent vision impairment.

Inside the museum (standard admission starts at $19), Adler has brought back and revamped its temporary exhibit, “Chasing Eclipses,” first created for the 2017 total solar eclipse in Chicago.

If you can’t make it to Adler’s Museum Campus, a special version of the “Gathering of Skywatchers” Show on YouTube It will be broadcast starting at 10:15, along with live footage of the eclipse.

Again, if all weather conditions permit. Flow AccuWeather forecasts A strong chance of rain and cloud cover is forecast for the Chicago area on Saturday.

If it’s raining, take heart. The next total solar eclipse visible in the United States will occur on April 8, 2024. According to Adler, 94% of the sun will be obscured in Chicago, and the total eclipse will occur in southern Illinois and places further south.

Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive; more information at adlerplanetarium.org

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