Hawaii experiences first solar eclipse of 2013

Source: Lee Ann Higginbotham
Source: Lee Ann Higginbotham

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii experienced the first solar eclipse of 2013 today and we were the only state in the U.S. able to view the cosmic event.

Before the solar eclipse, astronomers said the view promised to be a spectacular one, and they weren't wrong!

The start time varied by a few minutes from island-to-island, but it started in Honolulu at about 2:23 p.m., with the deepest moment of the eclipse occurring at 3:48 p.m. At that moment about 30% of the sun was covered by the moon. The eclipse ended at 5:01 p.m. in Honolulu.

Bishop Museum and Chaminade University will both offered special eclipse viewing opportunities with experts on hand to answer questions.

The University of Hawaii also held a viewing on the lawn outside of the Honolulu Zoo.

If you weren't able to see the solar eclipse yourself, we have a spectacular slideshow you should check out here.

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