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A Total Eclipse of the Sun

Release date: 8/10/2017

Information for Residents for the August 21st Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, Americans across the continent will be able to observe an amazing natural phenomenon – an eclipse of the sun.  Everyone in North America will see at least a partial solar eclipse, and some who are in a thin path about 70 miles wide will experience it in totality. That path will cross from West to East starting at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. Pacific time and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. Eastern time.   

(path of the solar eclipse from NASA -

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun.   In any one location in the path of the moon’s orbit, this event can last for up to about three hours from beginning to end. For this eclipse, the duration of the event in our area should be approximately 2.5 hours.  FYI, the last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was 38 years ago, in 1979.


The Solar Eclipse in Ewing

In Ewing Township, the eclipse will start at 12:21 PM and end at 3:00 PM, with the maximum eclipse will be approximately 74% obscuration at 1:44 PM. In other words, approximately 74% of the sun will be blocked by the moon, and while it will not be outright dark in Ewing, it will almost certainly be noticeable.

Protect Your Eyes

While this is an amazing opportunity to view an unforgettable natural event, it can be INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS to a person’s eyes if not viewed in a safe manner.  Do NOT look directly at the sun without appropriate protection.  That is because the light from the sun is so intense that it can literally burn your retinas.  Even a tiny fragment of the sun peeking out from behind the moon can cause damage. 

Additionally, because our area will experience a partial eclipse with only partially reduced lighting, not total blackout, the urge to look away from the sun may be reduced and you can burn your eyes without realizing it.  You may not even realize that you are damaging your eyes because the retina has no pain receptors.  Never give in to the temptation to look directly at the sun.

Eclipse Glasses

To ensure your eye safety during the event you must wear eclipse glasses at all times (if you want to face the sun).  If you purchase eclipse glasses, be sure that the glasses are certified!  As of this writing, NASA recommends only 4 companies as meeting international safety standards.  They include: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.  Also, be sure that any glasses that you purchase include the following: a logo that resembles a globe of the earth, state that they meet the requirements for ISO 12312-2 international standard certification, as well as the letters “CE,” a European certification standard.  These are certified as having been tested and safe for direct viewing of the sun.  Others may not offer the required amount of protection. 

Alternate Indirect Viewing Method

Alternate methods include projection, filters, or telescopes with solar filters.  For more information about eclipse eye safety see: 

Don’t forget to protect your camera and equipment with solar filters as the solar radiation can also damage them. 

Summary Safety Tips

  • It is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. 
  • Use special eclipse glasses (that are new, unscratched and ISO certified)
  • Do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest!
  • Do not use sunglasses: they are NOT solar filters and don't offer your eyes sufficient protection.
  • Do not try to make your own filters. 


Eclipse Viewing Events in NJ

A small sample of eclipse viewing events in NJ

For those of you who can’t join leave their desks to join fellow Americans at eclipse viewing events, NASA will provide live video streaming on the big day.   We hope that you don’t have to wait for 2045 to see the next coast-to-coast solar eclipse.

Municipal Building 
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 883-2900 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Senior & Community Center 
999 Lower Ferry Road 
Ewing, NJ 08628 
(609) 883-1776 
 M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Hollowbrook Community Center
320 Hollowbrook Drive
Ewing, NJ  08638
(609)  883-1199
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Scotch Road (Public Works) 
Bulk and Electronic Items 
Th-F: 7:00am - 3:00pm 
 Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off) 
M-Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm 

Ewing Animal Shelter 
4 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 771-8076

Ewing Police 
2 Jake Garzio Drive 
 (609) 882-1313

Ewing Branch Library 
61 Scotch Road 
 (609) 882-3130

Rental Property Concern Hotline 
 (609) 323-1177

Ewing Public Schools 
2099 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
P: (609) 538-9800
F: (609) 538-0041

Weather Central 
Courtesy of PHVFC

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