N.J. solar eclipse 2017: Map, path and cloud forecast for your backyard viewing

Click on a location on the map for more information when it’s time to view the 2017 solar eclipse. This searchable solar eclipse viewing map was last updated at 6 a.m., Aug. 18.

Though residents won’t get the complete solar eclipse experience that others around the country do, New Jersey is forecast to have one of the most unobstructed views of the moon-obstructed sun Monday afternoon. 

The Great American Eclipse is just three days away and, right now, skies are forecast to be mainly clear across the Garden State. New Jersey is expected to be nestled between storm systems to the east, south and west that could hinder eclipse viewing for many along the path of totality. 

In New Jersey, the eclipse will begin at 1:22 p.m., reach is maximum obscuration (about 75 percent of the sun will be covered) at 2:45 p.m. and come to an end around 4 p.m. Nationally, the eclipse will be visible  from about 10:15 a.m. to about 4 p.m., depending on your location.

While eclipse viewing (with proper eye protection, of course) is expected to be good statewide, celestial revelers can see a slightly more complete eclipse in the southern part of the state. 

At its height, the eclipse will obscure about 71 percent of the sun in High Point in Sussex County and about 77 percent in Cape May. 

If you’re traveling farther afield for the eclipse, use the map above to see how the forecast for the big day evolves. 

 

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