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Eclipse Happening Today – Please Pay Attention Driving, and Don’t Look Directly at the Sun


Today, April 8th, is not only just a Monday, but also the day of the Solar Eclipse passing through our area. For Cortland County, the eclipse is expected to peak at 3:23 this afternoon. With that, a friendly reminder to not stare directly at the sun without certified eclipse glasses (sunglasses do not work) and to pay attention if you’re driving.

Traffic throughout the Central New York Region is expected to be heavy at times. If you plan on driving during the eclipse, ensure your headlights are turned on, stay alert for distracted pedestrians looking into the sky, do not wear eclipse glasses while driving, and find a safe and designated parking spot (do not pull over on the side of a road).

With Cortland and Tompkins Counties located outside the Zone of Totality, there will not be a time where it will be considered safe to look at the sun without wearing certified eclipse glasses. Anyone who looks at the sun during a partial solar eclipse will still be damaging to the eyes if done without the proper safety equipment.

Locations to receive a free pair of certified eclipse glasses are extremely limited. Lime Hollow Nature Center says they will have a limited number to hand out during their event beginning at 2pm at the Art Meadow.

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