Free Solar Eclipse Event at Rowan's Edelman Planetarium

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GLASSBORO, N.J. -

In just two weeks a solar eclipse will be passing its way through North America and right here in South Jersey.

“[On] August 21st, all of North America is going to get to see a solar eclipse," said Amy Barraclough, director of the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University. "A solar eclipse is when the moon passes right by the sun, blocking it out, and causing what we call a solar eclipse.”

Barraclough says although solar eclipses happen on average twice a year, it’s very rare for certain areas to be able to see them.

“The last time an eclipse happened here in North America was about 30 years or so," said Barraclough. "And the next one will happen in about eight years.”

So, the borough of Glassboro and Rowan University are joining together to celebrate and welcome hundreds of people to the Edelman Planetarium to view this eye-catching event (1-4 p.m.).

Here in southern New Jersey, we’re not in the path of totality. So, we’re not going to see a total eclipse, but instead, we’re going to be seeing a 75-percent partial eclipse.

“We’ll have planetarium shows free every half hour," said Barraclough. "During the eclipse, we’ll have live NASA feeds of the event. Our astronomy club will have a couple of telescopes set up with the solar filter attached so you will be able to see magnified views of the sun that way."

If you do plan on viewing the solar eclipse on the 21st, it’s important to get a pair of eclipse glasses.

“Looking at the sun will damage your eyes and could cause you to go blind," said Barraclough. "These glasses will block out 99.99 percent of the sun’s light so you can safely view the eclipse."

The eclipse has what’s called a "path of totality" where the moon casts its shadow onto the Earth, causing the sky to go dark.

“Here in southern New Jersey, we’re not in the path of totality," said Barraclough. "So, we’re not going to see a total eclipse, but instead, we’re going to be seeing a 75-percent partial eclipse."

Registration is not required to attend the free event at the Edelman Planetarium.

South Jersey should get a glimpse at the solar eclipse around 2:30 p.m.

Get your eclipse glasses ready. 

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