The partial solar eclipse of Thursday 2014 OCT 23 will be visible throughout almost all of North America, weather permitting. If you choose to view this event, be sure to have strong protection for your eyes. Ordinary sunglasses will be insufficient and would likely result in blindness. A pinhole projection would be preferable to other methods. Joe “Chicago Astronomer” Guzman and Chicago’s Adler Planetarium will host a free public observing party there beginning at 16:00 CDT. As viewed from the planetarium, the Moon will first appear to touch the right edge of the Sun at 16:36 CDT. At 17:43 the eclipse will achieve its greatest magnitude from that location of 55%, i.e. slightly more than half of the Sun’s diameter will appear covered by the Moon. From the planetarium the Sun will soon set at 17:57 while still eclipsed. I've created a preview graphic to demonstrate how the Sun and Moon will appear at maximum eclipse to viewers at the Adler Planetarium. Actually only a bite would appear taken from the Sun, but I rendered all of the dark side of the Moon to make the situation clear. The view and timings will be rather similar throughout Chicagoland. Elsewhere they can differ significantly. My partial solar eclipse preview graphic can be found at www.CurtRenz.com/moon Photos and descriptions of the eclipse would be welcome additions to this thread.