Tips on How to Watch Total Solar Eclipse 2017 in NJ & NY

History will be made on August 21, 2017.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 NJ
Perhaps the biggest science news in 2017 is total solar eclipse that will be visible across North America on Monday August 21. To commemorate this event, Volvo has created the world’s 1st Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer!

Designed for the all-new 2018 XC60, the Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer makes seeing the total solar eclipse easy to the eyes thanks to the ISO-certified 12312-2 material used and easily attaches to the roof via a magnetized frame. And thanks to the large size of the panoramic moonroof, every passenger from all 5 seats has the ability to get the best seat in the house.

Volvo XC60 Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer?

Unfortunately, the XC60 Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer will have limited availability and priority will go to Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina because they’re in the eclipse’s path of totality. We also know that people in NJ & NY alike who don’t own the 2018 Volvo XC60 are going to want to see solar eclipse 2017.

But you can still see it! We know that our team is excited to take view the eclipse, so here are some tips to know how to best see this once-in-a-lifetime event.

1. Know When to Watch

The important part of knowing when to see the eclipse is to learn when it’ll be visible. For New Jersey (and the accompanying metro NYC area), the total solar eclipse will begin at 1:22 pm. Maximum obscuration, which means that about 75% of the sun will be covered in our area, will be at 2:45 pm. The eclipse will end around 4 pm.

2. Protect Your Eyes

Looking at the sun is dangerous, even when it’s been covered partially by the moon. And even if you have regular sunglasses on. The right pair of glasses will be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard since those have the appropriate solar filters to let you look as long as you want. Here’s an article from NASA about how to safely view the total solar eclipse with those glasses.

3. View It Online

CNN Volvo Eclipse of the Century

We know that seeing the total solar eclipse live is the best way to do it, we just can’t travel to Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri or South Carolina on a whim with our work and life schedules.

Thankfully, Volvo thought ahead and started the Racing The Sun campaign to provide you with an extraordinary view of the total solar eclipse. The next-generation Volvo XC60 is racing the sun across the country with 4 eclipse enthusiasts along for the ride.

You can tune into the eclipse thanks to the advanced 4k cameras that provide the highest quality live stream of the eclipse, for 360° and VR viewing. More info about this Volvo/CNN collaboration can be found at

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the NYC area was in 1925 and the next time it’ll be visible from coast to coast will be in 2045, so make sure you set yourself a reminder to see this once-in-a-lifetime event!

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