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

On Monday, April 8, we will have a rare opportunity to witness a near-total solar eclipse in our location. At approximately 3:25 p.m., the moon will pass directly between the earth and the sun, causing darkness to fall over our area. This is a unique experience that everyone should take advantage of.

Pine Bush students will have a half day on Monday, April 8, with all after-school activities either canceled or rescheduled. It’s essential to check with your advisor or coach for more information. 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.

It is crucial to understand that looking directly at the sun, eclipse, or moon without proper eye protection can result in permanent blindness. Approved eclipse glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse, and it’s essential to acquire them from various sources beforehand or enjoy the midday darkening without looking directly at the sun. Sunglasses, Blue Blockers, or regular glasses are not sufficient protection for this event. NASA’s website provides additional information on how to safely observe this phenomenon and where you can purchase approved eclipse glasses online or locally at retail stores or libraries where they have been distributed for free.

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