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Pine Bush Science Department’s Recommendations for Viewing the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, our location will experience a rare phenomenon known as a near total solar eclipse. At approximately 3:25 p.m., the sun will become almost completely blocked by the moon, causing darkness to fall over our area for a brief period of time.

This event is a unique opportunity for us in this location and we encourage everyone to take a moment to step outside and safely witness this phenomenon. However, it is important to note that all Pine Bush students will have a half day on Monday, April 8 with all after-school activities either canceled or rescheduled. Make sure to check with your advisor or coach for more information.

To ensure your safety during this event, it is crucial that you do not look directly at the sun, the eclipse or the moon without proper eye protection. Approved eclipse glasses are the only safe way to view the eclipse as looking without them can result in permanent blindness. Sunglasses, Blue Blockers or regular glasses are not sufficient protection. Be sure to acquire approved eclipse glasses from various sources beforehand or simply enjoy the midday darkening without looking directly at the sun.

The partial solar eclipse in Orange County, New York will begin at 2:10 p.m., reaching its maximum at 3:25 p.m., lasting for a total of 2 hours and 26 minutes. NASA’s website provides additional information on this upcoming eclipse and solar eclipse glasses may still be available online or at local retail stores or libraries where they have been distributed for free

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