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Eclipse Viewing Info for New York City

Sunrise behind the Empire State Building in New York City
Sunrise behind the Empire State Building in New York City via Anthony Quintano on Flickr
Sunrise behind the Empire State Building in New York City Eclipse as seen from NYC
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Prepare yourself for penumbra! The eclipse is coming to America this Monday.

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While the NYC metro area will only see 70% coverage (actually, 71.5%), it will still be an event worth stepping outside to see. Below we have tips, viewing locations, and scientific info so you'll be prepared Monday afternoon.

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Monday, August 21, 2017
Start: 1:23pm — Peak: 2:45pm — End: 4pm

Via Vox eclipse simulator

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By now you've probably heard about eclipse glasses. There are very few reputable vendors selling glasses certified to protect your eyes, so if you don't already have glasses made by one of these companies that will reliably block 99.9% of light, then don't stare into the sun using the knockoff pair you bought from a street vendor. Most places have long been sold out of glasses, but if you attend a viewing event, there may be pairs there to share, as some libraries and science museums are holding viewing parties. Learn how to check your glasses and safely view the sun.

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Last total eclipse in NYC: January 24, 1925
Next total eclipse in NYC: May 1, 2079

See you then? Via Space.com

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Viewing events

Liberty Science Center, 10am to 5pm Activities, craft projects, informational lectures, telescope viewing, live video from observatories across the country, and a Pink Floyd laser light show to end the day! Open to the general public

Riverside Library, second floor, 11am Learn how to make a pinhole camera to view the eclipse safely. Open to children and teens.

Spuyten Duyvil Library, 12:30pm Build your own solar viewing device Ages 5 and up

Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 1pm to 4pm The Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will be on hand to guide you through the viewing with specially-equipped telescopes and shared viewing glasses.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, 2pm Marcelo Cabrera of the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will have telescopes and binoculars available

East River Greenway at South Street, 2pm Dan Sullivan of the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will be just north of the Manhattan Bridge doing photography with the bridge in the background.

John Finley Walk in Carl Schurz Park, 2pm Dan Garson of the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will have a solar telescope.

Statue of Liberty, 2pm Rosie Mendoza, a park ranger at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, will be hosting an event right under the Statue of Liberty.

Port Richmond Library School, 2pm Solar Eclipse Party with pinhole projector and viewing glasses Ages 10 and up

St. George Library Center, 2pm Live streaming video viewing party of solar eclipse from across the country

Bloomingdale Library, 2 pm Live streaming video viewing party of solar eclipse from across the country

Chatham Square Library, 2pm Viewing party with shared viewing glasses Ages 6–12 and their families

Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2pm Live streaming video viewing party of solar eclipse from across the country

Kingsbridge Library, 2pm Live streaming video viewing party of solar eclipse from across the country

Pelham Bay Library, 2:30pm Viewing party with shared viewing glasses

West Farms Library, 2:30pm Viewing party with shared viewing glasses

NYC Parks recommended viewing locations (no specific events planned)

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Bonus: Looking through viewing glasses only gives a dime-sized view of the sun, but look down at the ground and you will see eclipse-shaped shadows coming through the tree leaves!

Eclipse Shadows

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Watch Live

The Weather Channel will have all-day coverage, both on TV and online.

PBS NewsHour will be live on Facebook from Central Park

NASA live

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Time and Date

NASA Eclipse Balloon Project

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What changes did you see across the city during the eclipse?

Be well, enjoy the event, and say hello to your neighbors!

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