Hawaii gets view of partial solar eclipse

Published On: May 09 2013 10:41:50 AM HST   Updated On: May 09 2013 06:52:03 PM HST

Hawaii experienced the first solar eclipse of 2013 on Thursday, May 9.

Hawaii was the only state in the U.S. to view this cosmic event.  While the start time varies by a few minutes from island to island, the view promised to be a spectacular one, according to scientists.

The eclipse started in Honolulu at 2:23 p.m., with the deepest moment of the eclipse which occurred at 3:48 p.m.  At that moment just under half of the sun will be covered by the moon.

The eclipse ended at 5:01 p.m. in Honolulu.

The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy held an eclipse viewing on the grassy area near the Honolulu Zoo entrance between 2:20 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Officials say they hade telescopes and binoculars with filters and gave out free solar viewer cards.

Bishop Museum was offering visitors special eclipse programming at its observatory and planetarium.  This program is included with regular Bishop Museum admission.

Bishop museum has sold out of the safe viewing solar filters.  The museum recommends the following for safe viewing:

  • Six volunteers from Hawaiian Astronomical Society was on the museum campus, using telescopes with solar filters to view the event. Visitors are welcome to use telescopes for viewing.
  • The Museum observatory will be open from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. with its small Coronado telescope, intended specifically for direct solar viewing.
  • The Watumull Planetarium will feature eclipse programs at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • If you have a viewer from June 2012's Transit of Venus, they should still be safe to use as long as they are scratch free.
  • Special solar filters that mount on the front of a telescope are available from astronomy specialty stores.

PHOTOS: Partial solar eclipse - May 9, 2013

Click here to see more pictures of the partial solar eclipse.

Click here for more safe viewing instructions.

Scientists say it is never safe to view a partial solar eclipse without appropriate eye protection.

The Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division at Chaminade University offered a free public viewing of the partial eclipse of the sun.

Chaminade science professors, Matt Cochran, Eric Dodson and Muge Karagoz had an 11-inch telescope, equipped with solar filter, set up between Wiegand Observatory and Kieffer Hall at the top of Chaminade, 3140 Waialae Avenue.

Eclipse shades were available for safe viewing.


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