SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There will be an eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21, beginning at 1 p.m., at the South Orange Public Library (SOPL).

The eclipse on August 21 is the first total solar eclipse to occur in the United States in nearly 40 years, and it's the first time since 1776 that it's happening exclusively in the U.S., according to an update from the SOPL.

According to the SOPL, in South Orange, 73% of the eclipse will be visible, with the peak happening by 2:45 p.m., and the eclipse ending by about 4 p.m.

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The viewing party will be held outside by the library garden, with the official NASA broadcast streaming in the meeting room.

Participants will need specially designed glasses to view the eclipse, and the SOPL will have a limited number to hand out beginning at noon on August 21, one per person.

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