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April 8 Solar Eclipse Information

On Monday, April 8, Heatly School will not have school. On that day, New York State will be part of a total solar eclipse, joining just ten other states in this event. This will be the first time since 1925 that New York experiences a total solar eclipse, and the next time will not be until 2079. 

During a total solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow fully blocks sunlight, resulting in a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Temperatures may drop by 10-20 degrees during the eclipse window. Nationwide, the eclipse will happen between 1 PM and 5 PM, with the most noticeable moments happening between 3:15 PM and 3:30 PM across New York State. While Green Island won’t be in the path of totality (see image below), we will still experience partial coverage. 
Because partial coverage allows sun rays to still pierce through, safety is of utmost importance while viewing the eclipse. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. Please visit https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety for instructions on viewing the eclipse safely.