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New York City may be a good place to view a solar eclipse

New York City may be a good place to view a solar eclipse


The April 8 total solar eclipse is expected to be fully visible in upstate New York, but long-range forecasts showing clearer skies in New York City may make staying in the Big Apple a good option for the spectacle.

Although the full display should be visible in areas like Buffalo and the Adirondacks, extended forecasts showing clouds could dampen the experience in northern areas, especially near the Great Lakes, Fox Weather meteorologist Dax Clark explained.

Although it's too early to get a completely accurate forecast, the city is shaping up to have partly cloudy to clear skies during the event — which won't be viewable through overcast skies upstate.

Members of the media watch a partial solar eclipse at Ring of Fire from The Edge at Hudson Yards on June 10, 2021. Annie Wermiel/New York Post
Forecasts indicate that clearer skies in New York City may make staying in the Big Apple a good place to view the spectacle. Reuters

“Here in New York [City]”It looks like there are some clouds likely, but overall good. We think it might be a little cloudier this way,” Clark said Tuesday.

“But again, consider what happened in New York [City]Even though it's 90%, you might think, “Oh, I can look directly at the sun,” but you can't. “You have to have glasses to see it in the city either way, and it won't get dark out here,” Clark said.

The eclipse phases will begin to appear from the city at 2:10 pm on Monday before reaching 91% of its totality at 3:25 pm.

“It's going to be dim but… you won't see the stars coming out or anything like that in the city,” Clark added, before opening: “I'm very upset that we're not complete.”

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Clark said the forecast was expected to “ebb and flow” across the country and in the city, where viewing events were planned on observation decks throughout Manhattan — for New Yorkers who had not booked private planes to ensure they could watch the show above sea level. clouds.

Everything you want to know about the 2024 solar eclipse

  • The solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, blocking the sun for more than 180 million people in its path.
  • The eclipse will extend from the Pacific coast of Mexico across North America, hitting 15 US states and pulling itself to the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • New Yorkers will witness a solar eclipse after 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
  • A huge explosion at the Sun, known as a coronal mass ejection, is expected, according to experts. This happens when massive particles from the sun are launched into space, explains Ryan French of the National Solar Observatory in Boulder, Colorado.
  • To avoid serious eye injury, it is necessary to view the event with appropriate glasses such as eclipse glasses, or a portable solar projector, during the partial eclipse phase before and after totality.
  • The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026. Totality will be visible to residents of Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Russia and a small sliver of Portugal.

However, it will be largely business as usual in the Big Apple, where education officials are not sending students home early or furloughing them, unlike most of their counterparts upstate.

The total solar eclipse will not be visible from the city until 2079.

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