How to see the partial solar eclipse tonight (if you live in the U.S.)

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Professional and amateur skywatchers alike are captivated by a pair of celestial events that left TV cameras looking in different directions.

After spending days in unfathomable darkness, the moon came to light late Monday and then fell back into the Earth’s shadow in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

For several minutes, astronomers everywhere will be able to view a partial eclipse, but it will be a spectacle outside the narrow band of visibility on the eastern and northern edge of North America.

How to spot it

Those in eastern North America can keep an eye on the sun from dawn until about 11 a.m. EDT. From most of Europe, Asia and Australia, the moon’s shadow will be well away from them when the partial eclipse begins.

By the time it ends around 2:45 a.m. EDT, skywatchers in those areas will only be able to see a faint, partial eclipse. The eclipse will get dark enough for those in Europe, Asia and Australia to see a yellowish-orange glow.

Be sure to wrap up those hats

People in North America won’t get the full show. Most of the eclipse will not come through. Most of the eclipse will break up by 8:09 a.m. PDT, when the eclipse reaches its fullest eclipse.

Skywatchers on the east coast will get a little more of a show, as the peak of the eclipse comes to an end at about 8:44 a.m. PDT.

Watch live streaming from NASA

NASA’s live video feed of the partial eclipse can be found on NASA TV and other websites.

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