ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud State University is showcasing the partial solar eclipse on Thursday with a live webcast and free public viewing event in the Planetarium.

For Central Minnesota viewers, the moon will pass between the sun and earth between 4:22 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. At 5:35 p.m. about 51 percent of the sun's surface will be blocked from view.

The partial eclipse will be captured by a solar telescope in the rooftop observatory of the Wick Science Building.

The SCSU Planetarium is in the basement of the Wick Building. Parking will be free on streets adjacent to campus and the event is open to everyone. The webcast will be found here.

The webcast will be managed by Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty, students and staff. Leading the team are Todd Vaccaro, assistant professor of physics and observatory director, and David Williams, former planetarium director.