One of nature’s great phenomenas is hitting the Garden State on Monday, August 21st: a partial (75%) solar eclipse!
Before we proceed with the celestial specifics, please heed our warning that you should NEVER stare directly at the sun during a solar eclipse. Doing so can cause significant damage to your precious eyes (just ask this guy). If you dare to look, make sure you have a pair of eclipse sunglasses on hand.
Ok, now onto the business- when exactly is this happening, where to take your lunch break to watch, and how to capture the perfect pic for your Insta feed.
Mark Your Calendars!
NASA says that the solar eclipse “go time” for New Jersey falls between 1:20 p.m. and 1:24 p.m. Peak eclipse will be between 2:42 p.m. and 2:47 p.m., and everything will get back to normal between 3:59 p.m. and 4:04 p.m. And according to NY NJ PA Weather, high pressure will be in place Monday to ensure clear skies for primo viewing.
Where to Watch
Excitement for the partial solar eclipse is rampant all around #HipNJ, especially at Liberty Science Center. For a place like LSC, The Great American Eclipse is their Super Bowl, and they are treating it as such! The festivities kick off at 10 AM with all the equipment you need for safe viewing. There will also be food, astronomy games, demonstrations, a live feed from the fields of totality, and even a Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon laser show!
If you can’t make it to Jersey City, many public libraries, universities and nature clubs are providing free and fun events, including:
- Barnegat Library, Barnegat
- Bellmawr Library, Bellmawr
- Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater
- Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell
- Cranford Public Library, Cranford
- Denville Public Library, Denville
- Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University, Glassboro
- Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth
- Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook
- Greenwich Township Library, Gibbstown
- Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough
- Island Heights Library, Island Heights
- Kenilworth Public Library, Kenilworth
- Keyport Pubic Library, Keyport
- Library of the Chathams, Chatham
- Little Egg Harbor Library, Little Egg Harbor Twp.
- Manville Library, Manville
- Mendham Public Library, Mendham
- Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury
- Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan
- Morris Museum, Morristown
- Mullica Hill Library, Mullica Hill
- N.J. Astronomical Association – Voorhees State Park in High Bridge
- North Plainfield Library, North Plainfield
- Oakland Public Library, Oakland
- Palmer Square, Princeton
- Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, Branchburg
- Robert J. Novins Planetarium — Ocean County College, Toms River
- Rockaway Township Public Library, Rockaway
- Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains
- Trailside Nature & Science Center, Mountainside
- United Astronomy Clubs of N.J. – Jenny Jump State Forest in Warren County
- Waterford Township Public Library, Waterford
- Warren Township Library, Warren
- Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury
Lights, Camera, Action!
We know you can’t wait to Snap your extraterrestrial excitement, but just like with your eyes, you must take extra precaution with your camera or phone.
For the professional photog, Unique Photo has tips on best practices and equipment to use to ensure the highest quality pictures.
For the iPhone connoisseur, luckily there are many styles of telephoto lenses for smartphones. The best lenses are rated as 12x and above, and come with their own smartphone mounting bracket. Make sure you are on a tripod to stop camera jitters. Your local Best Buy still has options for sale available.
Be sure to share your eclipse memories with us on social media by tagging #HipNJ!