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Safety Tips for Viewing Solar Eclipse in Schenectady County

Photo of a total eclipse


On Monday, April 8, 2024, Schenectady County residents can experience the Total Eclipse from home. While Schenectady County is not in the path of totality, the Moon will block about 97% of the Sun.

The Schenectady County Emergency Management Office encourages Schenectady County residents and visitors to follow these safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse in Schenectady County on April 8, 2024.

  1. Protective Eyewear: It is essential that all individuals viewing the solar eclipse use approved solar viewing glasses to protect their eyes from harmful UV radiation. It is not safe to look directly at the sun without proper protective eyewear.
  2. Location: Choose a safe viewing location away from traffic and ensure there are no obstacles obstructing your view of the sun. Be mindful of your surroundings and make sure to not place yourself in harm's way.
  3. Supervision: Children should always be supervised by adults while viewing the solar eclipse. It is important to explain the dangers of looking directly at the sun without proper protection to children.
  4. Duration: Limit the amount of time spent viewing the solar eclipse to avoid eye strain and potential damage. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest periodically.
  5. Weather: Check the weather forecast before heading out to view the solar eclipse. Avoid viewing the eclipse in inclement weather or if there are high levels of cloud cover that may obstruct your view.
  6. Hydration: Remember to stay hydrated while viewing the solar eclipse. Bring water with you to prevent dehydration, especially if you plan to be outside for an extended period of time.
  7. Emergency Preparedness: Be prepared for any emergency situations that may arise while viewing the solar eclipse. Have a first aid kit on hand and know the location of the nearest medical facility in case of an emergency.

 By following these safety guidelines, we can ensure a fun and enjoyable viewing experience of the solar eclipse in Schenectady County on April 8th, 2024. Remember to prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you while enjoying this natural phenomenon.


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.