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Three North Texas Locations Offer Safe View of the Partial Solar Eclipse

People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of Thursday's partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Brookhaven College.

Experts say the peak time to see the partial eclipse -- when the moon will cover half of the sun -- will be around 4:45 p.m. As much as 70 percent of the sun will be blocked as the moon passes between Earth and the sun.

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The Planetarium at UT Arlington says in contrast to a lunar eclipse, a solar filter is needed to safely observe a solar eclipse. Staring directly at the eclipse without the proper protection can harm a person's eyes.

The Planetarium at UTA will host a watch party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chemistry Physics Building at 700 Planetarium Place.

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Inexpensive solar viewing glasses will be made available at the planetarium's gift shop and several solar telescopes will be available for the public to view this rare event.

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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is bringing together local experts and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for a viewing party from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

The event is free and will take place in the member parking lot at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Lunar expert Ken Murphy of The Moon Society will answer questions about moon exploration past, present and future.

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Brookhaven College's astronomy department and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will host a viewing party from 4:30 p.mm. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday. It's free and open to the public.

Telescopes will be set up for people to view the eclipse on the west side of Building J near parking lot P5 on the campus located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch.

We've collected a couple of websites with information on how to construct a pinhole viewer to see the eclipse (there are tons online):

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