Get ready for an astronomical phenomenon!

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will captivate observers across North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. This celestial spectacle displays the Moon as it passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow that briefly turns day into dusk.

This eclipse is particularly special as it marks the last opportunity to witness such a mesmerizing celestial event in North America until 2044. Although New Jersey finds itself just outside the path of totality, nearly 90% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon around 3:25pm Eastern time, offering a near-total eclipse experience.

We invite you to join us at the NMOA Horizon Plaza, where our solar telescope will be set up for safe viewing. Experience the eclipse alongside fellow enthusiasts during these peak moments:

  • 2:09pm: The partial eclipse begins, setting the stage.
  • 3:24pm: The maximum eclipse, where the Sun is nearly covered, offers a breathtaking view.
  • 4:36pm: Witness the conclusion of the partial eclipse.

(In case of inclement weather we’ll head inside to view from the auditorium.)

🔭 Safety First: Viewing a solar eclipse requires caution. To protect your eyes, read our Solar Eclipse Safety  guide and FAQ before joining us or watching on your own.