Make Plans to View the 2024 Solar Eclipse!

Eclipse times
Local times for April 8, 2024 eclipse. Photo credit WTOL

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!

Eclipse map 2024 QR 1920

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

Some photos from August 21, 2017 eclipse.

Girl in pink
Kim and sherry
Group looking up
Group looking up with Klarr