CRANFORD, NJ – Looking to watch the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21? Cranford and its surrounding towns are offering special opportunities to learn about and view the rare eclipse, which will cross the entire country. Although the eclipse won’t reach totality in Cranford, more than 75 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon that afternoon.

The Cranford Public Library will host a special eclipse viewing at Sherman Field. Anyone is welcome to attend the viewing celebration from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library will provide special glasses as long as supplies last. Viewers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

All Union County residents are invited to view the eclipse at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. will be at the viewing as well. Residents should bring their own viewing glasses and blankets and chairs.

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The eclipse is expected to peak at approximately 2:40 p.m.

To view a Cranford astronomer’s advice for viewing the eclipse, click here.