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

Experience the Rare Beauty of a Total Solar Eclipse on April 8: A Guide to Staying Safe and Enjoying the Event in Pine Bush, New York

On Monday, April 8, we will experience a near total solar eclipse in our location. This rare event will occur when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun, causing darkness to fall over our area. The sun will become almost completely blocked by the moon at approximately 3:25 p.m., making it an unforgettable experience for all of us.

We are fortunate enough to witness this phenomenon, and we encourage everyone to take a moment to step outside and safely witness this rare opportunity. 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.

However, it is 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.

The partial solar eclipse in Orange County, New York will begin at 2:10 p.m., reaching its maximum at 3:25 p.m., and ending at 4:36 p.m., lasting for a total of 2 hours and 26 minutes. NASA’s website provides additional information on this upcoming eclipse and solar eclipse glasses may still be available online or at local retail stores or libraries where they have been distributed for free.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a community and witness something truly remarkable while taking necessary precautions for our safety

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