A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible to observers along the Wasatch Front next Tuesday from 10:14 a.m. to 12:07 p.m., with maximum eclipse occurring at 11:10 a.m., Hansen Planetarium officials say.

The planetarium has announced an eclipse watch and will set up equipment to safely view the event in front of the planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City.Eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking off all or part of the sun's light.

"Everyone should be careful not to look directly at the sun during the eclipse since permanent eye damage may result," said Patrick Wiggins, planetarium education specialist.

"It is also not safe to use items such as polarizing materials, color photographic film, smoked glass or sunglasses since they do not provide protection from the harmful portions of the sun's light," Wiggins said. Safe solar eclipse filters are on sale at the planetarium for $2.