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The 2024 Solar Eclipse in the Shenandoah Valley

Today, the sky above the Shenandoah Valley will play host to a celestial spectacle—the partial solar eclipse. As the moon gracefully glides between the Earth and the sun, it will momentarily obscure our star, casting a shadow over parts of our planet. While the valley won’t experience the full glory of a total solar eclipse, the sight promises to be awe-inspiring nonetheless.

Eclipse Details

  • Type: Partial Solar Eclipse
  • Start Time: 2:00 pm
  • Maximum Eclipse: 3:17 pm
  • Magnitude: 90%
  • End Time: 4:30 pm
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

During the maximum eclipse, the moon will cover a significant portion of the sun, creating a mesmerizing celestial alignment. Although we won’t witness the complete darkness of totality, the partial eclipse promises a captivating display.

Safety First: Protecting Your Eyes

  • Always wear specialized eclipse glasses when looking directly at the sun during the eclipse. These glasses are designed to filter out harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays, allowing you to observe the sun safely.
  • Ensure that your eclipse glasses are certified and reputable. Beware of counterfeit or substandard versions.
  • Never use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses—they won’t provide adequate protection.
  • Do not look at the sun, even a sliver of exposed sun can cause permanent damage to your vision.
  • Avoid pointing your phone’s camera directly at the sun. The intense light can harm both your eyes and your camera’s image sensor.
  • If you plan to photograph the eclipse, use proper solar filters for your camera equipment.

Eclipse Viewing Opportunities

  • JMU Student Leadership and Involvement will host an Eclipse Viewing Party on the Union Patio from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Attendees can receive eclipse glasses and witness the moon’s graceful dance across the sun.

As the moon obscures the sun, take a moment to appreciate the cosmic ballet unfolding above Harrisonburg. Remember, safety comes first—protect your eyes, cherish the celestial wonder, and marvel at the universe’s grandeur.

SOURCES: TIme and Date / JMU / Cleveland Clinic / National Radio Astronomy Observatory / National Safety Council

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