WESTFIELD, NJ — Looking for a good place to experience the rare solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21? Two local spots offer opportunities to learn about and observe the event. Although the full eclipse won’t happen over Westfield, more than 75 percent of the sun will be blocked out by the moon that afternoon.

Westfield Memorial Library will present a live streaming of the eclipse across the country from noon until 3 p.m. thanks to university students across the country who will send 57 cameras up by weather balloons. The near-space views will be live streamed from coast to coast in a collaboration with NASA.

For more information on the library’s program, click here.

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Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center will have members of the Amateur Astronomers, Inc. on hand for a viewing from the ground between noon until 3 p.m. Trailside is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. 

Attendees should bring along a chair or a blanket and, if they plan to look directly at the eclipse, a pair of solar viewing glasses.

For more information on Trailside’s program, click here.

For tips on viewing the eclipse safely from a New Jersey expert, click here.