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Viewing parties planned for Sunday's eclipse

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The South Plains Astronomy Club and Texas Tech Museum will hold a viewing party for the eclipse to be seen Sunday night.

The viewing will be held at the Lubbock Lake Landmark and will begin setting up at 6:30 p.m. The eclipse will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will end around 8:44 p.m. The eclipse will not be a total eclipse but rather an annular eclipse. This means with the moon farther from Earth then normal and between the Earth and Sun, the moon will cover 94 percent of the Suns surface displaying a ring around the Sun.

The eclipse from starting maximum to end maximum will be around four minutes long. With the sun's surface visible at the eclipse maximum it is highly recommended to wear protective glasses to prevent permanent damage to your eyes. Safety glasses and other eye protection will be sold at the event for a modest price.

According to the South Plains Astronomy Club, the eclipse will start in China and will move north to Japan and the open ocean below the Aleutian Islands, then south again to the Pacific Northwest, and finally in Lubbock.

The Cap*Rock Winery will also hold a viewing party beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will have snacks available to purchase. Both places are asking you bring your own blanket or chair to view the eclipse.  

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