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Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Solar Eclipse
On April 8, 2024, just after Spring Break, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. New Jersey will experience a partial solar eclipse. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk.
Protect Your Eyes! 

During a solar eclipse, the Moon covers part of the Sun. But the brightness of the uncovered part of the Sun does not change. It is important that you do not look directly into the Sun. This can cause serious damage to the retina at the back of the eye.  A solar filter or solar eclipse glasses must be used.


Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury


Follow these links for information on how to safely view the solar eclipse:


Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse

Do Sunglasses Protect Eyes in a Solar Eclipse?

How to Use Eclipse Glasses

Viewing Time


The eclipse will begin in our region on 4/8/24 at 2:08 pm and completely end by 4:35 pm. The peak eclipse  is at 3:23 pm where 90% of the sun will be covered.


Use the links below to find global and local viewing times:

Eclipse FAQs

How long will the 2024 total solar eclipse last? What causes an eclipse to occur? What is the difference between a total solar eclipse and an annular eclipse? How do you safely view a total solar eclipse? The answers to these and many other questions can be found by clicking on the link below:


Total Solar Eclipse FAQ