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Enjoy the Eclipse from Your Backyard

April 1, 2024

Are you excited to experience the solar eclipse on April 8th? If you’re in North America, you don’t need to go far to enjoy this natural phenomenon when the moon passes between Earth and the Sun. Here are a few tips and reminders on how best to enjoy the eclipse from wherever you may be, even from your own backyard.

1. Never look at the sun for any length of time without proper filters! Here are 3 resources for tips on how to protect your eyes and view the eclipse:

2. Determine eclipse times for your location. One tool you can use is at: https://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/SolarEclipses

For the Lakes Region in central New Hampshire, first contact (when the moon first begins to cover the sun) starts around 2:16 p.m. Maximum partial eclipse (98% covered) is around 3:30 p.m. The eclipse will end around 4:38 p.m. Even though this area will not experience totality (when the disk of the sun is fully obscured by the moon), a 98% partial eclipse is still a wonderful experience! 

3. You’ll need a fairly good view of the southwest to see the eclipse. It should be easy for you to find the sun (if the skies are clear) and hopefully you can move around your area if needed to find and maintain a clear view.

4. Dress warmly as the temperature will drop as the moon covers more of the sun.

Enjoy and be safe (particularly with your eyes)!

Photo courtesy of Bernie Volz