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

Experiencing the Magic of a Near-Total Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know!

On Monday, April 8th, our location will experience a near-total solar eclipse. This rare event will occur when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun. At approximately 3:25 p.m., the sun will become almost completely blocked by the moon, causing darkness to fall over our area.

This is a unique opportunity for us in this location and we encourage everyone to take a moment to step outside and safely witness this phenomenon. It is important to note that all Pine Bush students will have a half day on Monday, April 8, with all after-school activities either canceled or rescheduled. Make sure to check with your advisor or coach for more information.

It is extremely crucial that you do not look directly at the sun, the eclipse, or the moon during the event without proper eye protection. Approved eclipse glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse, as looking without them can result in permanent blindness. Sunglasses, Blue Blockers, or regular glasses are not sufficient protection. Be sure to acquire approved eclipse glasses from various sources or simply enjoy the midday darkening without looking directly at the sun.

NASA’s website provides additional information on the upcoming partial solar eclipse in Orange County, New York which will begin at 2:10 p.m., reach its maximum at 3:25 p.m., and end at 4:36 p.m., lasting for a total of 2 hours and 26 minutes.

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