VIDEO: Here’s how City College students can view the April 8 solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is sweeping its way across North America, City College students have a chance to witness a piece of the event
City Times Medias Irie Caraballo peaks over the top of solar eclipse glasses April 4, 2024. Photo by Susana Serrano/City Times Media
City Times Media’s Irie Caraballo peaks over the top of solar eclipse glasses April 4, 2024. Photo by Susana Serrano/City Times Media

A total solar eclipse will be making its way across North America, offering San Diego City college students the opportunity to experience a piece of the spectacle April 8. 

As the eclipse sweeps its way northeast from Mexico to Canada it will be partially visible in most parts of the continent, including San Diego. But what exactly is a partial solar eclipse? 

This month we are seeing a partial eclipse, as San Diego happens to be lying outside the eclipse path of totality. Due to this, viewers will see only part of the moon covering the sun’s surface, according to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

“I think we’ve (San Diego has) been a little spoiled because we had a partial in 2017 and a partial last October,” Professor at City College and Fleet Science Center Astronomer Lisa Will said.  

Such an event only happens occasionally, so taking a moment to look up might be worthwhile. 

However, it’s crucial to do so safely. 

To avoid eye damage, be sure to have the proper viewing equipment. View the NASA Eclipse website for more safety information.


Where exactly can students view the eclipse? 

NASA is offering the public a live broadcast of the event for online viewers. On top of this, San Diego has numerous viewing opportunities on the day of. 

The Fleet Science Center is hosting a viewing party inviting folks to watch the event providing activities and viewing glasses available for purchase in the Fleet gift shop. Hosting events in light of the eclipse are a few public libraries. For more information on library events, visit SD Public Library.

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