Best ways to see solar eclipse in Utah

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The cosmos will cast an afternoon delight over the country with a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon.

The moon will clip the sun, making it look like a fingernail as it sets in the west for most of the country and Canada.

The show will reach its height at 3:45 p.m. MT, NASA says, meaning Utah is in a prime viewing spot. Click here for a photo gallery of the eclipse submitted by Utahns.

However, people living in the Central Time zone will have the best view, NASA said.

New England and Hawaii will unfortunately miss out on this one.

The eclipse should last for over two hours.

Protect your eyes

While enjoying the view, protect your eyes, NASA said: "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.

Or let a tree do the work for you.

"Overlapping leaves create a myriad of natural little pinhole cameras, each one casting an image of the crescent-sun onto the ground beneath the canopy," NASA said.

If you miss this one, the next solar eclipse over North America will occur in about three years and it will be a more dramatic and rarer total eclipse.