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Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8th

On Monday, April 8th, 2024, Talbot County will experience a solar eclipse. The eclipse will reach its max around 3:21 p.m., which is during afternoon dismissal for some schools. While this offers a unique educational experience for everyone, TCPS wants to stress the importance of protecting your eyes and safe driving practices.

Specialized solar viewing glasses or pinhole projectors are essential to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays during an eclipse. These glasses should be certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard. Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as this can cause permanent eye damage. For more information about the Solar Eclipse please visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Additionally, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Tips for Safety has provided the following safety information for traveling during the Eclipse.

  • Don’t stop along the road or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Exit the highway to a safe location to view or photograph the eclipse.
  • Don’t take photographs while driving – keep your attention on the road ahead.
  • Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  • Turn on your headlights during the eclipse.
  • Use extra caution if your travels take you through a work zone during the eclipse.
  • Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside during the time of the eclipse to get a good view.
  • Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the roadways the day before, the day of, and the day after the eclipse.
  • Avoid travel during the eclipse or in an area with expected eclipse viewers.

Witnessing a solar eclipse provides a unique chance to explore various scientific concepts, including Earth and Space and Physical Science. It’s an opportunity to learn about the mechanics of our solar system and the significance of celestial events. To make the most of this experience, we encourage you to take precautions to safely observe the eclipse.