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The Last Total Solar Eclipse in New Jersey Occurred in January 1925

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey may not find itself in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, but residents will still witness a significant partial eclipse.

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Unveiling the Mystery: Myths and Superstitions Around Solar Eclipses

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Ridgewood NJ, as the world eagerly anticipates the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, NASA is preparing for an extraordinary opportunity for scientific discovery, open collaboration, and public engagement.

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Livingston Public Schools has Announced an Early Dismissal on April 8th due to the Solar Eclipse

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Livingston NJ, the Livingston Public Schools has announced an early dismissal on April 8th due to the solar eclipse scheduled to occur later that afternoon, as noted on the academic calendar.

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick astronomer offers tips for safe viewing the Solar Eclipse

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August 20,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Americans will be treated to a spectacular total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 in an approximately 70-mile-wide zone stretching from the Northwest to the Southeast.

In New Jersey, a partial eclipse will begin at about 1:20 p.m., peak at about 2:45 p.m. and end shortly before 4 p.m. that day.

The moon will block about 70 percent of the sun at the state’s northern border to 80 percent in Cape May, according to Carlton “Tad” Pryor, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

“A total solar eclipse is always very dramatic,” Pryor said. “The sky gets dark, animals and birds go quiet as if it’s nighttime and it’s a little bit cooler outside.  The partial solar eclipse that will be visible in New Jersey is much more subtle, but will be noticeable if you know what to look for.”

Watch a YouTube video on the solar eclipse

Tips for Safe Eclipse Viewing

Because it is unsafe to look directly at the sun, Pryor said anyone wishing to see the phenomenon must protect their eyes with specially made and certified filters, or by observing the eclipse indirectly.

Direct viewing can be done safely with No. 14 arc welder glass or with eclipse viewing glasses that meet the following criteria outlined by NASA:

  • Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
  • Have the manufacturer’s name and address printed on the product
  • Not be used if more than three years old, or with scratched or wrinkled lenses

Homemade filters or sunglasses – even very dark ones – are NEVER safe for looking directly at the sun.  There are reports of potentially unsafe eclipse glasses appearing for sale, so be sure to buy eclipse viewers from reputable vendors.

Pryor offered a few suggestions for safe, indirect viewing.

If the sky is clear at around 2:45 p.m. on the day of the eclipse, stand in a leafy tree’s shadow and look at the ground.  The smallest spots of sunlight will make little crescent shapes, showing the sun’s apparent shape as the moon crosses in front.

Another method is to make a small hole in a piece of cardboard with the tip of a pencil or pen and project the light onto a white piece of paper, he said. For a better view, put the hole over a mirror and reflect the light onto a more distant white piece of paper or white surface.

Total eclipses in the Continental U.S. are unusual, with the last one unfolding in 1979, Pryor said. Hawaii experienced one in 1991, and New Jersey will have to wait until May 1, 2079, to get one. Even then, the total eclipse will be visible only in the northern two-thirds of the state and will occur only a few minutes after sunrise, so it won’t be easily visible.

“An eclipse is a remarkable phenomenon,” Pryor said. “It was always regarded as signifying something important. Some people thought something was eating the sun and tried to make noise to scare it away. But the ancient Greeks understood what was happening and could start to predict some of these phenomena.”

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Planning to watch the eclipse : Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Flooding the Market

Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses

August 17, 2017
Alesha Hernandez
Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

Ridgewood NJ, On Monday, August 21, 2017, sky-gazers across the country will watch the solar eclipse. If you’re planning to watch, you’ll need to use eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Be sure to get the kind that actually protects your eyes.

Start by making sure that the glasses or viewers you’re considering have the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on the product, and are certified as safe. The certification means the glasses and solar viewers have met an international safety standard and are safe for your eyes. Only consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means that the product has met the international safety standard. Check out this list from the American Astronomical Society of brands that meet the international safety standard.

What else do you need to know to watch the eclipse safely?

Be sure your glasses or viewers are new: glasses that are more than 3 years old, or are wrinkled or scratched, won’t protect your eyes.
Read – and follow – the instructions carefully. Don’t use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
Never look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses or solar viewers that are certified as safe. (Again, look for ISO 12312-2 to be printed on the product.) It can lead to serious injury.
Don’t look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device – even using your eclipse glasses or viewer. Those optical devices concentrate the solar rays, will damage your eclipse glasses or viewer, and seriously injure your eyes.

This rare event will be exciting – and even better when you view the eclipse safely. Check out NASA’s Eclipse 101 for even more on the eclipse.

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See Invites Ridgewood Blog Readers to Watch the Solar Eclipse live stream from Jackson Hole

July 26,2017
by Contributors: Heather Cosby, Jen Bissu, and Jason Vigorito
JACKSON HOLE, WY: On August 21, 2017 the heavens will be putting on a spectacular show, extending from Oregon’s coast to Charleston, SC. And YOU can have a front seat from anywhere on the planet at! You’ll have prime viewing of this unforgettable total solar eclipse where the moon will be passing in front of the sun, generating a rare opportunity to view the sun’s corona within a darkened twilight sky. By witnessing this event, you will see a complete fading of the sun’s body, leaving a heavenly ring of blazing reds, glowing oranges, and magnificent yellows. Many accounts of total eclipses have been written throughout history, and this is definitely something you want to see. will have its own eyes on the event with dedicated cameras streaming in real-time in the gorgeous Jackson Hole Wyoming valley.
This August’s eclipse will uniquely span the entire United States, resulting in just over two minutes of twilight in its path. An estimated several million people will travel to watch America’s skies. Traffic forecasts are calling for massive impacts to roads, advising people to arrive at their viewing destination a full two days prior. Hotels and other lodgings are packed solid, and experts advise to arrive as self-sufficient as possible with water, food, and a full gas tank. is hosting a world-wide live stream of this epic event, possibly the first of its kind, offering the opportunity for anyone to be a part of it! If you can’t make the pilgrimage, prefer to avoid the traffic, or missed out on a hotel, we’ve got you covered! serves you with an expert live-stream offering the complete viewing experience from anywhere you have an internet connection.
Stay tuned for more information on viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse at SeeJH. We will see you here! In the meantime, you can become more versed on the eclipse’s history and particulars via several websites, including and You can also preview’s unique camera angles for the historic event and take in the gorgeous backdrop of the legendary Grand Teton mountain range at
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Cranford Astronomer Shares Tips for Viewing Solar Eclipse



July 23, 2017 at 8:59 PM

CRANFORD, NJ –  On August 21, a solar eclipse is predicted to cross the country from Oregon to South Carolina, and be partly visible throughout the country. John Sichel, corresponding secretary of Amateur Astronomers Incorporated, shares how Cranford residents can enjoy the action.

AAI is one of the largest astronomy clubs in the country and meets at the William Miller Sperry Observatory on the Cranford campus of Union County College every Friday evening.

“In New Jersey the eclipse will reach only about 77 percent of totality—so the sun will look like a crescent at the height of the event,” Sichel said. “Most of our members are traveling to points south and west to observe totality.”