The solar eclipse is all anyone is talking about lately and we feel like we have to get in on all of the hype! You’re probably reading about the perfect times and perfect places to catch the environmental phenomenon – some of you may have even purchased those nifty eclipse glasses. If you haven’t even thought about the eclipse – or even really know what it is – we have you covered.
First off, the last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979 and some of you may not have even been born yet! A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to three hours. What you see and how long you see it depends on your location but it’s visible from virtually everywhere.
For New Jersey, the eclipse is expected to be visible between 1pm and 3pm, depending on where you are in the state. For us, they’re saying maximum blockage should occur around 2:46pm. Head outside around 2:40 and you’ll be good to go! The weather is also a big part of it – so if it’s cloudy then it will obviously be less visible. You all know how fast the weather changes so just keep an eye on the sky and hope for the best! The less clouds, the better. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can head to a southern state like South Carolina and experience a full solar eclipse. After all, who knows when the next one will be?
Once the eclipse becomes visible, you’ll only have about two minutes to see it. Get outside a little early to make sure you don’t miss it! From our location in Toms River, it will be a partial eclipse as only about 75% of the sun will be obscured. It only varies a little bit as you move up and down New Jersey but there aren’t really any major differences. Make sure not to look directly at the eclipse as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. The same goes for your pets too so make sure they’re protected!
Make sure to check your local establishments if you’re interested in attending a viewing party! Yes, they do exist and there are plenty of them. Where are you going to see the Eclipse of 2017? We’ll be viewing right from our dealership parking lot…and it’s the perfect place for you to see it too! And browse our huge inventory 😉 Have fun!