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December 20, 2000
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Merry Christmas! Partial solar eclipse visible Dec. 25
The sun and moon will give skywatchers an extra Christmas gift Dec. 25 when the moon glides across the low December sun and creates a partial solar eclipse.
The maximum eclipse occurs in Rapid City at 9: 49 a. m. Christmas Day when the moon will block 50 percent of the sun’s diameter.
The partial solar eclipse will be visible to all North Americans except those in Alaska and the Yukon. At mid- eclipse, about 50% of the sun's diameter here in Rapid City will be covered by the Moon.
“ A reduction in light may not be very noticeable,” said Tom Durkin, deputy director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. “ However, because it is the last eclipse of the millennium, it's worth noting.”
The event is close replay of an eclipse that occurred Nov. 23, 1946.
You can view the eclipse, but safety should be your paramount concern. Never look at an eclipse with the naked eye.
“ Extreme care must be taken when watching the eclipse,” Fred Espenak of the Goddard Space Flight Center said. “ Never look at the sun with the naked eye or through any optical device such as unfiltered telescopes or binoculars.
“ Human curiosity impels some people to stare directly at the sun during an eclipse and this can cause permanent damage to your eyesight.”
Fortunately, you can safely view an eclipse. You can build an inexpensive viewer from two paper plates or with a pair of binoculars. ( See diagrams.)
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