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Hawaii may see partial solar eclipse Tuesday, if weather cooperates

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Hawaii skywatchers will be treated to a partial solar eclipse Tuesday afternoon, but there's a chance that clouds and showers may get in the way of the celestial spectacle.

The eclipse will begin at 4:33 p.m, when the moon begins to move in front of the sun. At its peak in Hawaiian skies at 5:37 p.m., the moon will cover 70 percent of the sun. The eclipse will end at 6:33 p.m., just a little before the sun sets in the west.

The eclipse will be total over most of Indonesia.

As always with solar eclipses, never look directly at the sun without adequate protection for your eyes. Sunglasses will not be enough. Safe viewing glasses are generally available at local space and astronomy museums, such as the Bishop Museum. Welder's goggles can also be used. NASA recommends welder's goggles rated 14 or higher.

To see the eclipse, look for a spot with a clear view of the west. However, the weather could spoil the viewing, as a cold front is forecast to move through the islands at about the same time.

The Bishop Museum will have an eclipse viewing event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

NASA has more information and resources on the March 8 solar eclipse, available by clicking here.

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