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How to view today's Partial Solar Eclipse over SWFL

We may be hundreds of miles from the path of totality, but SWFL will still experience a Partial Solar Eclipse with more than half of the sun obscured by the moon.
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Posted at 11:18 PM, Apr 05, 2024

Though hundreds of miles from the path of totality, Southwest Florida will enjoy a Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8. And, with minimal cloud cover, visibility should be ideal!

Times will vary depending on your exact latitude and longitude. In Cape Coral for example, we will see a partial eclipse for 2 hours 29 minutes starting at 1:43pm. 52.7% of the sun will be obscured by the moon at the peak at 2:59pm. In other words, a little more than half of the sun will be covered by the moon's shadow.

For details on the timing of the partial solar eclipse for your exact location, click here for NASA's Where & When page.

Below is a picture of what a 52% Partial Eclipse looks like with protective eye wear.

How the April 8, 2024 Partial Solar Eclipse will look here in SWFL

But without eclipse-friendly glasses, you won't be able to see the Partial Eclipse with the naked eye. Experts advise using safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times, as looking directly at the sun can cause damage. Here are tips on how to make your own safe viewer.

If you want to see the Total Solar Eclipse, NASA will be streaming the event live HERE.