Solar Eclipse 2024: What Lakewood Area Residents Need To Know

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America from southwest to northeast, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun, causing the sky to darken as if it were dawn or dusk.

13 states will experience some sort of darkness, as the “Great North American Eclipse” path of totality crosses the country, although New Jersey residents will only experience a partial solar eclipse.

In Lakewood, the moon will cover about 87.1% of the sun at the peak of the eclipse, according to NASA, with the partial eclipse beginning at 2:09pm and lasting until 4:35pm. maximum darkness is estimated to occur at 3:24.

Due to the rareness of this event, the temptation to witness it in-person is extremely strong but it is extremely important to be aware that looking at the sun without the right eye protection — for even a short time — can damage your retina permanently.

See here for the critical safety information released publicly by Hatzolah of Central Jersey.

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.

There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purposesolar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.


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  1. Any time it says L’Toeles Harabim, especially on blue signs recently seen around town, someone is trying to make money (possibly at the other person’s expense) and passing it off as a favor…

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