Solar Eclipse Safety Advisory From Space.com

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A rare total eclipse happens Monday afternoon.

While the New York area will only get a partial eclipse of about 71% of the Sun, it’s still going to be an amazing two to three hours of something we rarely see.

The weather is supposed to cooperate as well. Accuweather predicts cloud cover for the New York area to be only about 11-to-15 percent during the time of the eclipse.

The eclipse will have the moon totally block out the sun for about two minutes along a narrow band called the path of totality. That path will run just north or south of major population centers like Portland, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; Lincoln, Nebraska and Charleston, South Carolina.

What about around here? According to NASA, Northeastern New Jersey viewers will see about a 80% magnitude partial eclipse, resulting in a 71% obscuration of the Sun.

The farther south and west you go, the more of the Sun’s surface will be covered. In Atlantic City, expect to see an 80% obscuration of the Sun; Washington, DC will see an 81% obscuration, Richmond, Virginia will see an 86% obscuration and most of North Carolina will see more than a 90% obscuration.

South of the totality path, Orlando, Florida (Disneyworld) will see about an 86% obscuration and Miami about 78% obscuration.

When does it start? NASA calculates the partial eclipse will start about 1:23 pm here, and reach its peak at about 2:44 pm. The partial eclipse should end right around 4:00 pm.

If you want to see a total eclipse, you’ll have to travel hundreds of miles and you are running out of time to do it. The eclipse will have the moon totally block out the sun for about two minutes along a narrow band called the path of totality. That path will run just south of major population centers like Portland, Oregon; Casper, Wyoming; Lincoln, Nebraska and Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are some safety tips from Space.com.

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