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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Partial Solar Eclipse Visible from Israel on November 3

A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible from Israel on Sunday, November 3, 2013. The moon will cover approximately 20% of the sun from Israel, with maximum eclipse reached at 4:00PM. The sun will be very low to the horizon then, just 8 degrees high in the sky and very close to sunset. So, you will need a very clear horizon to observe it. Viewers on the coast will have the best chance gazing out over the Mediterranean Sea. Do not use binoculars or telescopes unless you have special solar filters for them. Naked eye observers should be able to view the partially eclipsed sun just as they would a setting sun, but don't gaze for long unless you have a special naked-eye solar filter. Also be careful not to stare at the sun when it is higher in the sky as this could permanently damage your eyesight.

How the sun will look when viewed from Israel at 4:00PM on Sunday November 3, 2013. This will be maximum eclipse with the sun 20% covered by the moon. This will also be just 30 minutes before sunset, so the sun will be very close to the horizon. The partial eclipse begins at 3:13 when you will definitely need a solar filter to safely watch the sun.
The partial eclipse will also be visible along the east coast of the US, with maximum coverage at 9:00am. The sun will then be high enough to require a solar filter to observe.

For an excellent summary page for this event see here: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/israel/jerusalem


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