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Solar Eclipse Information and Safety Tips

Solar Eclipse Information and Safety Tips
NY solar eclipse map

On Monday, April 8, the local region will experience a solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, obscuring the view of the sun for a period of time. Parts of northern and eastern New York will be in the path of totality.

Eclipse Safety Tips

It’s important to view the eclipse with proper eye protection. Eclipse glasses with solar filters should be worn or a handheld solar viewer should be used. Please note that regular sunglasses are not meant to be used during an eclipse and they will not protect your eyes from the sun.

Always inspect eclipse glasses or handheld viewers before use. They should not be worn or used if they are torn, scratched or otherwise damaged.

If you are in the path of totality during the eclipse, solar filters should only be removed when the moon completely covers the sun. As soon as the sun begins to appear again, the solar filter glasses should be put back on.

You should not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Even while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer, the concentrated solar rays can damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

More Information

For more information about the eclipse and to better prepare, please use the following resources: