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

Solar Eclipse

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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.

During this celestial event, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, much of the Sun’s disk will be obscured by the new moon as it travels along its orbit around Earth. Notably, Cape May Lighthouse will experience 84% totality, while areas further west and north will witness even higher levels of totality. For instance, High Point State Park in Sussex County is expected to experience 93% totality. To put this in perspective, New Jersey saw between 70-80% totality during the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

The eclipse is set to begin across the state around 2:30 p.m. and will reach its peak between 3:22 and 3:26 p.m. Remember, it’s crucial not to look directly at the partially eclipsed Sun with the naked eye. Always use eclipse glasses or other safe viewing methods to protect your eyes.

New Jersey has been experiencing a prolonged eclipse drought, with its last total solar eclipse occurring in January 1925. Children born this year will be around 55 years old when the state witnesses its next total solar eclipse on May 1, 2079.

For those interested in witnessing the eclipse, all Planetarium shows at the State Museum through Sunday, April 7, will offer a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last.

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