Puerto Vallarta Science Students Ready for Solar Eclipse

The moon will clip the sun, making it look like a fingernail as it sets in the west for most North America.

The show will reach its height at 4:45 p.m. CT, NASA says, meaning people in Puerto Vallarta should get a view before the backdrop of golden twilight hues.

Local science students in primary at the American School of Puerto Vallarta are getting ready for this Thursday’s partial solar eclipse by making pinhole cameras for viewing the eclipse. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who have assisted in the classroom this week!

The eclipse should last for over two hours.

While enjoying the view, protect your eyes, NASA says: “Don’t stare. Even at maximum eclipse, a sliver of sun peeking out from behind the Moon can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter.”

There are some old tricks to viewing indirectly, like punching a hole in cardboard and projecting the light seeping through it onto a surface away from the sun.

See photos of the students making their eclipse views.


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