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Solar Eclipse and Safety Tips

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. 

For the Poughkeepsie area, only a part of the Sun will appear to be covered, giving it a crescent shape. The partial eclipse begins around 2:10pm and ends at 4:30pm. The Sun will be most hidden around 3:26pm.

Safety is the number one priority when viewing a solar eclipse. Please familiarize yourself with the following safety tips: 

  • Do not look directly into the sun during the eclipse. If your eyes are exposed without appropriate protection, it can cause temporary or permanent damage to your eyes.
  • Use certified eclipse glasses from a trusted source. Sunglasses will not protect your eyes.
  • Check weather forecasts and dress appropriately if you are outdoors. For example, wear a hat, sun protection, proper shoes, and/or clothes to reduce exposure to ticks, poison ivy, etc.
  • Choose a safe viewing destination. Do not stop your vehicle to view the eclipse along a roadway.
  • Drive safely. Due to heavy traffic and crowds, monitor traffic updates and follow directions.

Here are additional resources to learn more about the eclipse and what you can expect: