Clouds part just in time for fourth eclipse of 2014

CDT photo

Mother Nature parted the clouds west of State College shortly before sunset Thursday, offering a gorgeous view of the fourth and final eclipse of 2014.

The partial solar eclipse unfolded slowly following its start near the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.

The best views were expected to be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada, especially Prince of Wales Island. New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces missed out.

The eclipse was visible in State College beginning about 5:50 p.m. and peaked shortly before sunset, about 6:15 p.m.

Today’s event was the last of two solar and two lunar eclipses this year.