Get your solar glasses ready — the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21 will be a rare chance to see the moon cross directly between the sun and Earth.
The full solar eclipse will be visible across the country from Oregon to South Carolina for the first time since 1918. New York doesn't fall in its "path of totality," but you’ll still be able to see about 70 percent of the sun covered by the moon.
Here’s a guide to how you can see the eclipse in the city:
What time will the partial eclipse happen in New York?
The moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:23 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21. At 2:44 p.m., it will be at its maximum coverage, about 70 percent, and the partial eclipse will end at 4 p.m., according to NASA.
The full eclipse will be visible in the path of totality, which stretches through 14 states. You can also watch NASA’s live stream of the full eclipse.
Do you really need those solar glasses?
If you're planning to watch the partial eclipse, you should wear solar, or eclipse, glasses, according to NASA. “The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters,” the agency says on its website.
If you go to a viewing event, check to see if eclipse glasses will be provided. You can also get them ahead of time at certain public libraries that are hosting viewing events.
What are the best NYC spots to see the partial eclipse?
The best places to see the eclipse will be in open spaces, like a field or beach, the Parks Department said.
The department offers a list of good spots in each of the boroughs, including Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Sheep Meadow in Central Park, Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and Conference House Park on Staten Island.
Where are viewing events happening in New York City?
American Museum of Natural History: The Hayden Planetarium will show NASA’s live stream of the eclipse and hold an outside viewing when the partial eclipse is visible in New York. The event starts at noon.
Brooklyn Public Library: The Clinton Hill (380 Washington Ave., Brooklyn) and Saratoga (8 Thomas S. Boyland St., Brooklyn) branches will host viewing parties starting at 1:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., respectively.
Bungalow Bar: The restaurant at 377 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway Beach will host a solar eclipse party beginning at noon.
Salvation Taco: A viewing party will take place on the roof of Salvation Taco at 145 E. 39th Street starting at noon.