April 14, 2024 3:28 pm
Pine Bush Science Department’s Recommendations for Viewing the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, our location will experience a rare near total solar eclipse. This event will take place 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. on that day.

This is an excellent opportunity for everyone in our location to step outside and safely witness this phenomenon. It’s essential to remember that all Pine Bush students will have a half day on Monday, April 8, with all after-school activities either canceled or rescheduled. Be sure to check with your advisor or coach for more information.

It’s crucial not to look directly at the sun, 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. 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

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