On April 8, 2024, the moon will pass in front of the sun, resulting in darkness for nearly two minutes in the middle of the day, between about 3:10 and 3:15 p.m. (EST). This is a total eclipse, which occurs when the moon totally obscures the sun. The last time this happened in our area was in 1806!
The April 8, 2024, eclipse will be visible throughout much of the United States. See the map for the full path of totality.
Mercy College will be closed on Monday, April 8, 2024. Clinical rotations WILL BE held on Monday, April 8, 2024. Students and faculty who have clinical on Monday, April 8, 2024, should report.
Safe Eclipse Viewing
Even though the sun will be blocked by the moon during the eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the sun without eye protection that is eclipse rated. As healthcare professionals, we know that the light of the sun can cause permanent eye damage after just a few seconds of direct exposure. To learn about proper eye protection for viewing the eclipse, please visit the U.S. National Park Service's eclipse safety page. The American Academy of Ophthalmology also has recommendations for safe eclipse viewing on their Solar Eclipse Eye Safety page. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory also has instructions on how to make and use a “pinhole” camera.”
Viewing the Eclipse
For more info about the eclipse visit the links below.
NASA’s Eclipse Fact Sheet
NASA’s Eclipse Overview