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Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

April 01, 20241 min read

Here's what you need to know:

First of all, yes, it is a big deal. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, as it orbits the earth, comes in between the sun and the earth, thereby totally blocking the sun. The next opportunity to witness this phenomenon in the continental US is 2044, and we don't know about you, but we think 20 years is a long time. (And the next total solar eclipse? 2079, my friends.)

Here in the city, the moon will provide 90% coverage of the sun; it will still make it seem like dawn or dusk during the event, which will occur at 3:25 in the afternoon next Monday, April 8th.

Just because it won't be sunny doesn't mean you shouldn't protect your eyes. Long-term damage can occur after only seconds of staring at the sun, even during a partial eclipse.

Here in the city you can nab some free eclipse glasses at the Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station and public libraries. Optical retailer Warby Parker will also be handing out protective shades at their various locations.

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