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Solar eclipse visible in New York on April 8: where to watch, how to get free glasses

People watch the annular eclipse of the sun at the planetarium of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San Jose, on October 14, 2023. (Photo by EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images)c
People watch the annular eclipse of the sun at the planetarium of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San Jose, on October 14, 2023. (Photo by EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images)c
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The ‘s path of totality will cross over certain parts of New York State on April 8 in what NASA says will be .

are predicted to witness a meaning the sun will be completely covered by the moon, sometime between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Other nearby cities, including ϲʿֱ, will only experience a partial eclipse.

Millions of people are expected to travel to cities stretching across the path of the eclipse from Texas to Maine, where it’s anticipated to be at its strongest. However, experts warn not to look at an eclipse without protective glasses.

Here’s a guide on where to watch, what to expect and how to prepare for the historic event, including where to stock up on glasses.

Where and when can I watch the solar eclipse?

The eclipse will be visible to some extent in all states, except Alaska and Hawaii.

Stretching from the Texas/Mexico border to the Maine/Canada border, the including Dallas, Tex.; Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y., Erie, Pa; Burlington, Vt.; and Lancaster, N.H.

The time when totality occurs is also important to note, and is slightly different for each location. Texas will begin to experience the eclipse around 1:27 p.m. CT, with totality coming to an end in Maine around 3:35 p.m. ET.

The timing and coverage percentage of the eclipse in your location can be found by entering your zip code at .

Those in the New York City area will experience coverage of around 90%. The eclipse is expected to and end at approximately 4:36 p.m.

Here are the best times for those in the Northeast to step outside and see their maximum eclipse:

  • New York City – 3:25 p.m.
  • Long Island, NY – 3:26 p.m.
  • Buffalo, NY – 3:20 p.m.
  • Rochester, NY – 3:21 p.m.
  • Albany, NY – 3:26 p.m.
  • Trenton, NJ – 3:24 p.m.
  • Philadelphia, Pa. – 3:23 p.m.
  • Hartford, Conn. – 3:27 p.m.
  • Baltimore, Md. – 3:21 p.m.
  • Boston, Mass. – 3:29 p.m.

If you’re not in the path of the eclipse, you can .

Will there be any public gatherings or parties for the eclipse?

The starting at $36 to watch the eclipse from its observation deck, with and the chance to purchase a specialty “Solar Sipper” cocktail.

The in Queens will also be offering a watch party with glasses included.

The is hosting a similar viewing event but with the opportunity to watch from the flight deck of the Intrepid aircraft carrier, located at Pier 86 on the Hudson River.

More opportunities for communal observation abound at the , and other venues.

The sun rises partially eclipsed June 10, 2021 in this view taken from behind a window (hence the doubling effect) of Summit One Vanderbilt, a high rise in New York City on June 10, 2021. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)
The sun rises partially eclipsed June 10, 2021 in this view taken from behind a window (hence the doubling effect) of Summit One Vanderbilt, a high rise in New York City on June 10, 2021. (STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Will the weather forecast affect the view?

Thick clouds do have the potential to block the view of the eclipse, but forecasters are predicting a picturesque day in New York City, with low cloud coverage — — and on Monday.

For those in upstate New York, including Buffalo where the eclipse is predicted to be at its fullest, there’s expected to be and a chance of slight showers.

In Rochester, forecasters predict “variable cloudiness” (76%), while Albany residents will have more sun (and ). Other major nearby cities like Trenton and are expected to have sunshine mixed with clouds.

Is the eclipse dangerous?

Yes, the exciting phenomenon could potentially cause harm if observed improperly. And it has the potential to create problems on the ground as well.

Those who plan to look directly at the eclipse need special ISO-certified protective glasses, and . Directly viewing the sun during an eclipse can

An employee of the Secretary of Citizen Security shows special sunglasses to observe the next solar eclipse, manufactured by prisoners from the Oriente Men's Preventive Prison and designed by women prisoners from the Santa Martha Women's Social Reintegration Center, which are sold to the public at the Police Museum in Mexico City on April 4, 2024. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
An employee of the Secretary of Citizen Security shows special sunglasses to observe the next solar eclipse, manufactured by prisoners from the Oriente Men’s Preventive Prison and designed by women prisoners from the Santa Martha Women’s Social Reintegration Center, which are sold to the public at the Police Museum in Mexico City on April 4, 2024. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

There’s also the possibility of car crashes and other travel issues during the eclipse as people scramble to get a good view. Flights may also be delayed or canceled

Gov. Kathy Hochul in the state as tourists travel to view the eclipse.

Although construction and lane closures will be paused for the day, state officials recommend arriving at viewing destinations early and planning to stay late to avoid major traffic issues.

Where can I get protective glasses?

can be found on eclipse websites including and,as well as through , the nation’s largest supplier of eclipse glasses.

at its retail locations nationwide beginning April 1, while supplies last. You can claim up to two pairs of glasses per family.

Free protective glasses are also being handed out at , including six in New York State and 33 in Connecticut.

You may also be able to find free glasses at your local public library.

What if I can’t get protective glasses in time?

One option is a , which you can purchase and attach to telescopes, binoculars or cameras.

It’s to find the right filter. Do not use telescopes, binoculars or cameras without them, even if you have protective glasses.

A cheaper option is a — an easily-made device that involves two sheets of paper, some tinfoil and a hole. You simply turn your back to the sun and adjust your position until you see the outline of the sun or eclipse on the piece of paper. More in-depth directions are available .

What makes this eclipse unique?

The 2024 total solar eclipse, or the as it’s being dubbed, is creating particular buzz due to the unusual accessibility it will offer to millions across the country.

This year’s eclipse offers a much wider, more populated path of totality than the eclipse some may remember from 2017, as well as a longer time in totality for those in the right spot (, as opposed to 2 minutes in 2017).

In this image made available by NASA, the International Space Station is silhouetted against the sun during a solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP
In this image made available by NASA, the International Space Station is silhouetted against the sun during a solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

There will also be increased solar activity compared to the last total eclipse, meaning a higher likelihood of seeing prominences on the surface of the sun, appearing as bright pink curls rising off the surface.

If you’re lucky, you may even witness a , or a large explosion of plasma and other solar materials.

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