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Tompkins County Health Department – Do Not Look Directly at the Sun During Eclipse

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The Tompkins County Health Department is reminding everyone of important safety guidance for the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th. The eclipse is expected to begin around 2 in the afternoon and end by 4:30, the Health Department says. The full eclipse is expected to occur between 3:15 and 3:30pm.


Even with the area outside the zone of totality, safety precautions and guidance remain the same. 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.

“If your eyes are exposed to the sun without the appropriate protection, it can cause “eclipse blindness,” which can temporarily or permanently damage your eyes.”

The Health Department said.

Tips to keep your eyes protected during the eclipse include not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse. Both Tompkins and Cortland Counties will not be completely covered by the moon and there will not be a time where you can safely look directly at the sun. The only way to do so safely would be when using certified eclipse glasses.

Residents are also reminded that sunglasses will not protect your eyes. Certified eclipse glasses are available for free at various locations while supplies last. Anyone who wears regular glasses should wear the eclipse glasses on top of their regular glasses.

More information on Monday’s eclipse may be found at I Love NY’s website, HERE.

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