- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Parks and observatories in Missouri are offering the public a chance to safely view the final solar eclipse of the year.

The moon will move in front of the sun from about 4:40-6 p.m. Thursday. Regular sunglasses won’t fully protect eyes from damage, so anyone viewing the eclipse is urged to wear special filtered glasses.

In eastern Missouri, the Wentzville parks department will hand out 500 eclipse shades for viewing at Broemmelsiek (BRAW’-muhl-sihk) Park.

Laws Observatory at the University of Missouri in Columbia is hosting a public viewing starting at 4:40 p.m. The observatory has two filtered telescopes and will also provide eclipse glasses.

Thursday’s eclipse will be partial rather than full, with maximum coverage occurring around 5:45 p.m.

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