Pine Bush Science Department’s Recommendations for Viewing the Solar Eclipse

Experiencing the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse: How to Protect Your Eyes and Enjoy this Unique Event in Pine Bush, NY

On Monday, April 8, our area will experience a rare event – a near total solar eclipse. During this time, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, blocking out nearly all of the sun’s light. The sky will darken as a result of this phenomenon.

This is a unique opportunity for everyone in our location to witness this rare event. We encourage everyone to take a moment to go outside and safely observe the eclipse. Please remember that all Pine Bush students have a half day on Monday, April 8, and all after-school activities have been either canceled or rescheduled.

It is extremely important that you do not look directly at the sun, eclipse, or moon during the event without approved eclipse glasses. Staring at the eclipse without proper protection can cause permanent eye damage and blindness. Regular sunglasses, Blue Blockers, or prescription glasses are not safe alternatives. Please ensure you have approved eclipse glasses before observing the eclipse.

While eclipse glasses may still be available for purchase online or at some local retailers, you can still enjoy the darkening of the sky during the eclipse even without glasses. Just remember not to look directly at the sun. The eclipse will begin at 2:10 p.m., reach its maximum point at 3:25 p.m., and end at 4:36 p.m., lasting for a total of 2 hours and 26 minutes.

For more information about the upcoming eclipse, you can visit the following NASA link: Additionally, solar eclipse glasses may be available at or at local libraries in the area where some are being distributed for free

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