Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse in NYC

The 2017 eclipse. Photo by Jamie via Flickr.

“A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun,” explains NASA. “The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.”

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On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will pass North America, something which won’t happen again until August 23, 2044. According to the American Museum of Natural History – which is hosting some family-friendly educational activities and handing out free eclipse glasses “while supplies last” – NYC residents will be able to “see the Moon cover up to 90 percent of the Sun at 3:20 pm.”

The last time this happened was 2017. The event should be viewable anywhere in NYC.

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Watching the American Eclipse in Tudor City, New York, August 21, 2017. Photo: John Gillespie via Flickr

You can also get free glasses at Moynihan Train Hall’s MTA LIRR ticket windows (just ask a cashier or staff member for your pair). Here’s some more info on that.

A March 18 press release from Gov. Hochul’s office includes a list of safety tips, including this one from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald:

“The most important step to ensure New Yorkers enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event is to protect your eyes. ISO certified eclipse glasses will shield your eyes from serious and possibly permanent damage, which can occur by looking at the eclipse with regular sunglasses or without any eye protection. I am grateful Governor Hochul is making the specialized glasses available in dozens of locations around the State to ensure this experience is a safe and enjoyable one.”

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If you prefer to buy them online, here’s some info about the glasses you need. And here’s some more info.


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