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(KTVI)-A partial solar eclipse Sunday night will be visible in St. Louis if the weather cooperates. A solar eclipse happens with the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun. The eclipse begins at 7:25 p.m. Sunday with the sun close to the horizon.  The sun sets while in eclipse. At 8:05 p.m. 53% of the sun will be covered by the moon.

Rain and possible thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday evening.

The St. Louis Astronomical Society reminds you that viewing an eclipse through binoculars or a telescope is dangerous. The instruments concentrate a large amount of solar energy in a tiny area.  Special solar filters, which attach to the front end of the telescope or binoculars, may be used.

Weather permitting, some Astronomical Society members will be viewing the eclipse from the World`s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The next solar eclipse visible from St. Louis will be a partial eclipse on October 23, 2014.

A full, annular eclipse will be visible from northwestern Texas through New Mexico, northeastern Arizona, southern Utah, Nevada, northern California and southwestern Oregon late in the day on May 20. The sun there will appear as a thin ring behind the moon.

The last annular eclipse appeared in the United States in 1994.