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Cloud Cover Will Likely Block Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday Evening in North Plainfield and Green Brook

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The solar eclipse is expected to peak at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Monday, August 21. Credits: T. Ruen -- NASA
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GREEN BROOK, NJ - Tomorrow evening just before sunset the East Coast will enjoy a partial solar eclipse as the moon slipse between the earth and the sun.  

According to NASA, the moon will cross the face of the sun starting at 5:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, just 17 minutes before sunset in New Jersey at 6:07 p.m. The eclipse will hit its maximum at 5:54 p.m. and becasue the sun will be so low on the horizon NASA recommend finding a high point without tree cover to view it.  The moon wont complete its crossing until 7:40, long after the sun has already passed over the horizon.

Sadly it appears as if our area will miss yet another eclipse due to cloud cover.  There have been a series of lunar eclipses this year and each have been either extremely brief or during a rain storm. The National Weather Service reports that Thursday afternoon will see significant cloud cover with a thirty percent chance of rain including significant showers.

Viewing a solar eclipse is very dangerous and can lead to permanent eye damage.  In order to see the affects of a solar eclipse NASA recommends the only safe method to view using the naked eye is projection, such as using a pinhole or binoculars to project the eclipse on a piece of white paper.  Do not look directly at athe sun at any time, during an eclipse or not. It is also possible to use filtered lenses or telescopes certified for viewing the sun, but normal glasses and telescopes are not safe.

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