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NYC can be a good place to see the solar eclipse


The total solar eclipse on April 8 is expected to be fully visible in parts of upstate New York, but a long-term forecast showing clear skies in New York City will make staying in the Big Apple a good chance for a view.

While the full show will be visible in areas like Buffalo and the Adirondacks, extended forecasts showing clouds could dampen the experience in upstate areas, especially near the Great Lakes, Fox Weather meteorologist Dox Clark explained.

Although it's too early for a completely accurate forecast, partly cloudy skies will be expected during the event – it won't be seen in overcast skies upstate.

Members of the media watch the Ring of Fire partial sunrise eclipse from The Edge at Hudson Yards on June 10, 2021. Annie Vermiel/NY Post
A forecast suggests clear skies in New York City will make staying in the Big Apple the best place to view the scene. Reuters

“Here in New York [City]”It looks like a few clouds are possible, but overall pretty decent … we think it's going to be a little more cloudy this way,” Clark said Tuesday.

“But again, remember in New York [City]Even with 90%, you might think, 'Oh, I can see the sun', but you can't. Any way in the city you have to have glasses to see it, and it's not going to get dark here,” Clark said.

Phases of the eclipse will begin to be visible from the city at 2:10 pm on Monday, before reaching 91% totality at 3:25 pm.

“It will fade, but … you're not going to see the stars come out or anything like that in the city,” Clark said, adding, “I'm just sad that we're not complete.”

Clark said the forecast is expected to “rise and flow” in the country and city, where events are scheduled to be viewed from observation decks across Manhattan — guaranteed to see the show above the clouds for New Yorkers who don't book private flights.

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Everything you need to know about the 2024 solar eclipse

  • A solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, with more than 180 million people blocking the sun in its path.
  • The eclipse will stretch across North America from the Pacific coast of Mexico, hitting 15 US states and stretching all the way to the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • New Yorkers will experience the solar eclipse after 2pm on Monday.
  • A major explosion in the Sun, known as a coronal mass ejection, is expected according to experts. This happens when massive particles from the Sun are thrown into space, explains Ryan French of the National Solar Observatory in Boulder, Colorado.
  • To avoid serious eye injury, viewing the event with proper glasses such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer is essential.
  • The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026, and will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Russia and a small part of Portugal.

However, it's mostly business in the Big Apple, where education officials don't send students home early or give them the day off, unlike most of their peers.

A total solar eclipse will not be visible from the city until 2079.

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