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Partial solar eclipse visible this afternoon

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:03 p.m. HST, May 9, 2013

Hawaii will have its first partial solar eclipse of the year this afternoon.

The eclipse starts in Honolulu at 2:23 p.m. with the broadest part of the eclipse at 3:48 p.m., according to the Bishop Museum.

The eclipse ends in Honolulu at 5:01 p.m.

Bishop Museum said it will be offering visitors special eclipse programming at its observatory and plnetarium, as part of its regular admission.

Several volunteers from the Hawaiian Astronomical Society will be on the museum campus and using telescopes with solar filters to view the event, the museum said.

At Chaminade University, the natural sciences and mathematics division is hosting free public viewing of the partial eclipse. Chaminade science professors Matt Cochran, Eric Dodson and Muge Karagoz will have an 11-inch telescope, equipped with solar filter, set up between Wiegand Observatory and Kieffer Hall. They will also be available to answer questions. Eclipse shades will be available for safe viewing.  

The Keck Observaotry headquarters in Waimea on the Big Island said it will have a solar telescope set up as well as an astrophysicist or two to answer questions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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