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Those living on the East Coast, as far out as Pittsburgh and Atlanta, will have a view of a partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning.
According to The New York Times, the farther east you are, the better the view when the partial eclipse happens around 6:29 a.m. in NYC.
Professor of astronomy at Williams College, Jay M. Pasachoff, said, "They will see, near the East Coast, 60 percent of the sun covered by the moon." The eclipse will last for about 45 minutes.
"You do have to have a low horizon that doesn't have trees or mountains or buildings blocking your view," Pasachoff added. "If you have windows from Manhattan that look east over Long Island from a high floor, that should work."
This solar eclipse is unusual and is called a hybrid, CBS News reports. Including the East Coast, most of Africa and southern Europe could see the partial eclipse, while in the western Atlantic it'll be an annular eclipse, which is also known as a "ring of fire" since only a small part of the sun will be seen.
This particular eclipse is unusual in that the distance from the moon to the Earth changes, meaning that the moon will cover more of the sun as it goes along - going from an annular eclipse to complete.
The NY Times adds to always be careful and not to look directly at the sun; sunglasses won't help. Using either a special ultraviolet light filter or a pinhole to project the image will be the smartest viewing methods.
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