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Solar Eclipse Watch Party!



Hopatcong Observatory Astronomy Club to host solar eclipse watch party on April 8th for the last solar eclipse to visit the New York metro area until 2079.

Hopatcong, NJ: A solar eclipse is due to visit Sussex County on Monday, April 8th. While New Jersey is not in the path of totality, an impressive 93% of the sun’s surface will be obstructed from view as the moon passes in front of the sun.


April’s eclipse is the second of a pair to visit the United States, with the first occurring on

October 14th, 2023. The April 8th eclipse will be the last eclipse to occur in North America until 2044.


To commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event, the Hopatcong Observatory Astronomy Club is hosting a solar eclipse watch party.


While the sun is unsafe to view with the naked eye or an unfiltered telescope, the club is taking necessary steps to ensure a safe viewing experience. The club is providing solar eclipse glasses for attendees. In addition, the sun will be projected onto a screen from a filtered telescope. There will also be an informative presentation about solar eclipses.

The event will take place on April 8th, 2024 at 3:00 pm at the Hopatcong Observatory (located in the Hopatcong High School courtyard). The public is welcome to attend.


The Hopatcong Observatory Astronomy Club is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting amateur

astronomy in the local community. The club is based out of the Hopatcong Observatory, originally an Eagle Scout Project. The club hosts public stargazing events, members' meetings, and educational outreach to foster a deeper understanding of the night sky. To learn more, or to become a member, visit www.hopatcongobservatory.org.


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