Although solar eclipses happen all over the world at least once a year, the next total solar eclipse over North America won't occur until 2044, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

The safest way to view an eclipse is wearing eclipse glasses, which will protect your eyes. Make sure the glass lenses do not have any tears or holes before using them, especially if you are reusing ones from a previous eclipse.

Many Brooklyn Public Library branches are currently giving out eclipse glasses. 

If you do not have eclipse glasses, you can use indirect methods for observing an eclipse, according to a BPL news release. These also make for fun activities for children and adults. Indirect methods include:

  • Observing leaf shadows under a tree.

  • Using "pinhole projection" by looking at the shadow cast from a colander, slotted spoon, or a pinhole camera.

  • Making a pinhole projector with a cereal box or a pair of binoculars.

There are many viewing events happening all over the borough, including one at Green-Wood Cemetery and at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden