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Total Eclipse of New York State

A total solar eclipse is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Occurring in the same place only once every 400 years, New York State was at the center of it all on April 8, 2024.

Visitors from near and far enjoyed a front row seat to this extraordinary cosmic occurrence at amazing places and special events as the total solar eclipse cut a 124-mile path across the Empire State — from Chautauqua-Allegheny to the majestic Niagara Falls in Greater Niagara, over the pristine Finger Lakes, mighty Adirondacks, and magical Thousand Islands-Seaway.

We're already counting down to the next total solar eclipse in New York State, happening in 2079. See you there!

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Eclipse Map & Times

On April 8, 2024, the eclipse began in western New York shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Full totality kicked off in Chautauqua County at 3:17 p.m., moving through the state to Plattsburgh at 3:25 p.m. Some locations in the path of totality experienced total darkness for up to nearly 4 minutes. 

Jamestown 2:03:38 PM 3:17:55 PM 3:20:46 PM 4:31:43 PM
Buffalo 2:04:56 PM 3:18:20 PM 3:22:06 PM 4:32:10 PM
Rochester 2:07:00 PM 3:20:08 PM 3:23:47 PM 4:33:26 PM
Syracuse 2:09:01 PM 3:23:03 PM 3:24:30 PM 4:34:49 PM
Watertown 2:10:05 PM 3:22:33 PM 3:26:12 PM 4:35:01 PM
Plattsburgh 2:14:03 PM 3:25:44 PM 3:29:18 PM 4:37:07 PM
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Eclipse Viewing Safety Tips


  • Remember to protect your eyes with specialized solar viewing glasses.
  • Check traffic before heading out for this epic event.
  • Prepare for the weather.
  • If camping, bring the proper gear and watch out for ticks.

These are just some of the many tips to keep in mind to have a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing experience. For full health and safety information, click here.

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Find tips on how to have a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing experience, resources for educators, and fun activities for families and kids.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse: FAQs

2024 Eclipse: FAQs
  • What is a total solar eclipse?

    On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will come to North America. This cosmic event will be visible from within a narrow route, called the path of totality, which will extend through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

    A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the moon's shadow completely covers the Sun, known as the path of totality, will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will become dark, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the sun.

  • How frequent is a total solar eclipse?

    Solar eclipses are fairly numerous, about two to four per year, with a total eclipse taking place about every 18 months. The last total solar eclipse visible from the U.S. occurred on Aug. 21, 2017. However, a total solar eclipse reoccurs in the same location roughly every 375 years.

  • When is the next total solar eclipse?

    After the eclipse of 2024, the next total solar eclipse will occur on Aug. 12, 2026. Totality will be visible from Greenland, Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean, and Spain. The next cross-country solar eclipse in North America won’t happen until 2045.

  • Where can I donate my eclipse glasses?

    Now that the total solar eclipse is behind us you can donate your International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses to Astronomers Without Borders for future distribution.

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