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Get ready, Cape Cod! On April 8, 2024, the “Great North American Eclipse” will grace our skies. But what exactly is a solar eclipse, and how can you safely enjoy this cosmic event?

In this guide, we’ll answer these questions and more, ensuring you’re fully equipped to witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon right here in our own backyard.

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow on our planet. While they occur several times a year, they’re not always visible from the United States. The last one visible here was on August 21, 2017. Totality, the moment when the sun is completely hidden by the moon, leads to a darkened sky and temperature changes. Remember to never look directly at the sun during an eclipse without proper eye protection.

What’s visible here?

According to NASA, on April 8, 2024, Cape Cod will experience the solar eclipse with about 89% totality. It is expected to begin around 2:00 PM, peak at approximately 3:20 PM, and end by 4:30 PM.

How can I safely view the eclipse?

You should never look directly at the sun, even during a solar eclipse. This is because doing so can cause retinal burns and permanent damage to the retina. Sunglasses are not safe to use. To view the event safely, you’ll need eclipse-safe glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard. If you don’t have access to eclipse glasses or if you prefer a DIY approach, consider making a homemade pinhole projector.

Here are stores where you can purchase eclipse glasses (while supplies last):

  1. Titcombs Bookshop, East Falmouth
  2. Staples
  3. Lowes
  4. Walmart
  5. 7-Eleven

Where can I watch it?

You can view the eclipse from anywhere outside! Several locations on Cape Cod are hosting solar eclipse viewing parties. Check event listings for details and the availability of eclipse glasses.

  1. South Yarmouth Library
  2. Maria Mitchell Association, NHS Old Baseball Field, Nantucket
  3. Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth
  4. Falmouth Public Library
  5. Chatham Bars Inn
  6. Martha’s Vineyard Museum

As the Great North American Eclipse approaches, we’re excited to share tips for a safe and memorable viewing experience. Remember, protect your eyes, and cherish this extraordinary event. We hope you enjoy every second!


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