Hawaii gets view of partial solar eclipse

Eclipse started in Honolulu at 2:23 p.m.

 UPDATED 6:52 PM HST May 09, 2013

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:

PHOTOS: Partial solar eclipse - May 9, 2013
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Hawaii was the only state in the U.S. to see a partial solar eclipse on Thursday.


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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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