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

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.

As a unique opportunity for us in this location, we encourage everyone to take a moment to step outside and safely witness this phenomenon. 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. Make 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., 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. NASA’s website provides additional information on this upcoming event and solar eclipse glasses may still be available online or at local retail stores or libraries where they have been distributed for free.

All Pine Bush students will have a half day off on Monday, April 8th with all after-school activities either canceled or rescheduled due to this rare event. It is important for everyone to check with their advisor or coach for more information.

In conclusion, let us take advantage of this unique opportunity to witness a near total solar eclipse while taking necessary precautions and ensuring our safety during this historical event in our location on Monday, April 8th.

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