Solar eclipse viewing tips for NYC region

- New York City will not be in the direct path of the moon's actual shadow during the solar eclipse on August 21, but the moon will cover approximately 71 percent of the sun, giving some darkness to the region.

"Here it will start just after 1 pm and peak at about 2:44 in the afternoon, when the moon will be most blocking the sun. The moon will leave the sun at about 4 p.m.," said Tariq Malik, managing editor of

Everyone needs special solar glasses in order to safely watch the eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes.

"Sun glasses will not cut it. You may not feel it at first but when you wake up the next day you might have blurry vision or temporary eclipse blindness," said Tarik.

There are also various apps to help you get the most out of the event which is happening for the first time in 100 years. One of them is the Eclipse Solar app which is available in the app store for Android and Apple devices.

"People want to know when they can look at the sky and when they can't. It will tell you when to look at the sun," added Malik.

Something to keep in mind, if it's cloudy in NYC on Monday you won't see much of anything.

"The closest place would probably be South Carolina," said Malik.

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