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Solar Eclipse of 2017

BY libertytowers, August 18, 2017

What is it?

A solar eclipse happens which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.  For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.  The last time the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

When is it?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to the eclipse of the sun. On this day, the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen and will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. The next Eclipse after this one will be April 8th, 2024.

Where to experience it in Hudson County

The Liberty Science Center should be an awesome place to witness the eclipse. The center will be hosting an all-day event with some cool features, including a Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon laser show (beginning at 4:45pm), telescopes, sun spotters and staff answering any questions that guest may have.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.

The planetarium will also have live feeds of the total eclipse displayed on huge television screens.


Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 200-1000