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Health and Safety Tips for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

young girl viewing a total solar eclipse using specialized safety glasses.

You may have been hearing about the Total Solar Eclipse in New York State on April 8, 2024. Although Schenectady County is not on the total solar eclipse's path, we wanted to share some safety tips if you planned to road trip to see it or if you plan to experience the eclipse from home. 

What is a Total Solar Eclipse? 

A Solar Eclipse happens when the sun, moon, and earth are aligned. During a total eclipse, the moon casts a shadow on the earth blocking out the light from the sun. Using a pinhole projector or specialized viewing glasses you can view the Total Eclipse as it is happening. 

Health and Safety First!

  • Wear Eye Protection: Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse, even with sunglasses. Use a pinhole projector or specialized ISO 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses.
  • Protect Your Skin: Wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and protective clothing to prevent skin damage from the more than usual brighter sun this day. 
  • Travel Safety: Expect high traffic volume and plan to stay in one place. Use 511NY for travel conditions and bring essentials like water, fuel, and food. 
  • Clothing: If you are planning to watch the eclipse in the Adirondacks, be prepared for cold or wet weather with jackets and boots. Have alternate plans in case of hazardous weather conditions. 
  • Tick and Mosquito Safety: If you are outside during the total eclipse, make sure to protect against ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy by covering exposed skin and using repellents. Check for ticks regularly and remove them properly.


View More Safety Information             I Love NY Total Eclipse Viewing Guide



graphic photo of a total solar eclpise showing the moon totally covering the sunlight. Upcoming Events and Viewing Parties at the Schenectady County Public Library

Learn more about this "out of this world" phenomenon with the Schenectady County Public Library.  You can check out a full list of events hosted at your neighborhood branch online. Viewing parties are scheduled at four neighborhood branches on April 8, 2024, from 2-4 pm. Free eclipse glasses are available while supplies last, with a limit of two per family.