Solar Eclipse Precautions!

Posted April 8, 2024, 8:31am

The solar eclipse will start just before 3:30 pm and end around 5:45 pm today (Monday, April 8, 2024). The timing will vary slightly across the Island, as will the duration of the total eclipse where applicable.


Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.

Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. You can also use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector.

UPSE will close at 2:30 pm today in light of safety precautions for staff and will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, April 9) at 8:00 a.m.

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