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Solar eclipse in Potsdam, NY, starting at sunrise November 3, 2013

Yes, Potsdam will have an extremely shallow and short-lived partial solar eclipse, beginning at sunrise on Sunday, November 3. You'll definitely want to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunrise (east-southeast) for any chance of catching it. By the way, it is absolutely essential that you use proper eye safety to view this solar eclipse

Observing Solar Eclipses Safely

The sunrise/eclipse times listed below are for Potsdam, New York, in Eastern Standard Time. Before going to bed on the night of Saturday, November 2, remember to set to your clock back one hour! The sunrise time, by the way, presumes a level horizon:

Potsdam, New York:

Image credit: Ravenshoe Group

Sunrise: 6:41 a.m. EST

Solar eclipse ends: 7:12 a.m. EST

To obtain sunrise/ eclipse times for other localities in New York State or along the Eastern Seaboard, use this handy solar eclipse computer, courtesy of the US Naval Observatory. The computer will let you know, one way or the other, if the eclipse is visible from your neck of the woods. However, you must subtract 5 hours from the listed Universal Time to convert to Eastern Standard Time.

Solar Eclipse Calculator

Image Credit: NASA Eclipse Web Site. The large gray shadow represents area of partial eclipse. The very small dark shadow in the center of the large gray shadow depicts the path of the total solar eclipse, going from west to east (left to right).

If you lived in equatorial Africa, you could actually watch a total solar eclipse in the afternoon hours on November 3. Click here for more information about this eclipse on a worldwide scale.

Worldwide Map of 2013 November 3 Solar Eclipse:

Above: The solar eclipse moves across the world from west to east (left to right), starting at the Americas at sunrise and finishing up at sunset in far eastern Africa and the Middle East. The narrow blue line crossing the Atlantic and equatorial Africa depicts the narrow path of the central total eclipse, which is only 58 kilometers wide at its widest point.The large swaths of the world bracketing the total eclipse path to the north (above) and south (below) show the varying degrees of the partial solar eclipse. Image credit: NASA Eclipse Web Site

Solar eclipse from the Americas to the Middle East on November 3

by Bruce McClure

October 2013 Feature * December 2013 Feature