Starting at 5 pm EDT (2 pm Pacific), there will be a partial eclipse of the sun. Visible in virtually all of North America, there should be good views of the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. Many parts of the United States and Canada will see about half of the sun’s disk obscured by the moon; “greatest eclipse” occurs over the Canadian Arctic, where 80 percent of the sun will be blocked. Unfortunately, parts of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States will miss out, however, because the sun will set there before the eclipse gets underway. The East coast may have a fiery red sun as the sun sets. To see when the eclipse occurs in your location, check out these tables compiled by NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2014-Tab05.pdf (for viewers in the United States) and http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2014-Tab04.pdf (for people in Canada and Mexico).
The safest way to view this eclipse is online and there are many choices.
Griffith Observatory — In addition to hosting a free public viewing of the eclipse, the Griffith Observatory in L.A., California, will also provide online streaming of the event from 5:07 p.m. EDT (eclipse starts) to 7:39 p.m. EDT (eclipse ends). Eclipse max for the location is 6:27 p.m. EDT.
Slooh — The community observatory will host a free, live event starting at 5 p.m. EDT.
SkyCenter – University of Arizona’s SkyCenter will carry live images of the eclipse. These images are acquired and processed before posting online.
If you must see it in person, do not look directly at the sun at anytime. Here are some ideas from Business Insider:
Look Through An Object
As the sun starts to disappear behind the moon, take a look around for spots where light is passing through an object, such as light passing through leaves on a tree. This is an image where the leaves act as a pinhole camera that projects the image of the eclipsed sun onto a nearby wall.
Look Through Your Hands
If you can’t find any natural pinholes, then you can make one yourself with your hands. Spread your fingers apart and lay one hand over the other, so your fingers look like a large waffle fry.The light will pass in between the slits in your hand and project the crescent sun onto the ground, like in the image below.
Look Through A Strainer
Another great way to view the eclipse is with some of your kitchen utensils. A draining spoon or a pasta strainer makes fantastic pinholes that will project dozens of solar eclipse shadows for you to enjoy.