Chatham NJ Library will Host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

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On Wednesday, 8/21, from noon until 4 pm, the Chatham NJ Library will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. The Chatham NJ library will be playing NASA’s live stream in which you will be able to see both the full and partial eclipse. New Jersey will only see a partial eclipse. If you plan to look at the eclipse, please bring your own solar eclipse glasses as the library has already distributed all of theirs.

According to the Morris Museum Astronomical Society, the moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:22:02 pm. At 2:44:28 pm, the moon will reach its midpoint of 73% coverage which is the most coverage that will be visible in Morris County. The sun will be uncovered again at 4:00:59.

It is important to follow safety precautions if you plan to view the eclipse. It is very dangerous to look directly into the sun. Doing so could cause serious eye damage, even blindness. The only way to safely view the eclipsed sun, or even partially eclipsed sun, is through solar eclipse glasses that feature solar filters. Free glasses are being distributed by many of the Morris County libraries, and the Morris Museum is selling solar eclipse glasses in their gift shop. Using solar eclipse glasses is the only safe way to view the eclipse. If purchasing eclipse glasses online, make sure you are purchasing them from a NASA approved manufacturer.

Below find safety tips from NASA:

    1. Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar views meet international standards, and they are Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium.
    2. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
    3. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

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