Eclipse Today & A Message from the Vision Care Program

"JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

JAXA/NASA Captures 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

There is a solar eclipse today. There may be free eclipse glasses at the Brooklyn Public Library located on Cadman Plaza.

See below for more information from the Vision Care Department.


A message from CityTech’s Vision Care Program’s Director, Steven Indelicato, regarding today’s solar eclipse:

Dear CityTech Community,

Everyone is excited to experience today’s solar eclipse!

This is when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby obscuring the view of the Sun from a small part of Earth.

In New York City, we will be experiencing a 90% partial solar eclipse. The last time we experienced a total eclipse was in 1925.

The eclipse is set to begin today in New York City at 2:10 p.m. EST and last until 4:36 p.m. EST, for a total of two hours and 26 minutes.

During this time, it is important to know how we can best protect our eyes to prevent damage.

Wearing eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard is a must.

Please be sure to visit your local New York City Public Library for free ISO certified glasses.  

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection (i.e., eclipse glasses or certified solar viewers), and understand that traditional forms of eye protection, such as sunglasses, do not provide adequate protection for an eclipse.

Failure to protect our eyes could lead to fatal vision problems, including retinal and ocular damage, which has the potential to cause irreversible blindness or partial vision loss.

So, have fun today as you enjoy this rare phenomenon, but always exercise caution!

For more information or questions, kindly send us an email at