Where to watch today's partial solar eclipse

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July 26, 2014 - Partial solar eclipse seen from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory point of view.
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This multiple exposure image shows the transition from right to left of a hybrid solar eclipse seen over Lake Oloidien near Naivasha in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday with some areas witnessing a total blackout and others experiencing a partial version. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A young boy looks through binoculars fitted with homemade filters trying to catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse Sunday, Nov. 2 2013, outside Lisbon's Astronomical Observatory. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Spanish tourists watch a partial solar eclipse in front of the Giza Pyramids, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. A partial solar eclipse began Tuesday in the skies over the Mideast and will extend across much of Europe. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A partial solar eclipse will take place Thursday across the U.S.

The partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth but does not completely obscure the view of the sun. It visually appears to take a bite out of the sun.

Thursday's partial solar eclipse will be highly visible to the western half of the country, as early as 2:00 p.m. in some places.

The northeast will miss out on the rare event because of a Nor-Easter currently drenching the region, but would likely not have seen much of the eclipse due to its timing, according to Accuweather.

The moon is set to pass in front of the sun right at sunset for much of the highly-populated region.

The further west you live, however, the more likelihood there is of seeing the moon pass partially in front of the sun.

People in California will begin to see the eclipse around 2:00 p.m., with those further east seeing it incrementally later in the day.

That leaves only a favorable weather forecast standing in the way of seeing the solar eclipse.

Heavy clouds over the Northeast and southern Florida rule out people living in those regions. So does cloud cover in northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, forecasters said.

Skies are partly cloudy to clear in most of the South, Southwest and the northern Plains.

But northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana will be staring at gray skies.

Readers in those areas able to see the eclipse should remember not to stare at the sun because it is bad for the eyes.

Those not able to see this partial eclipse should fret not, a total eclipse on August 21, 2017 will be visible across the entire country.

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