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Experience the Total Solar Eclipse in New York State!

Witness Totality on April 8, 2024

A total solar eclipse is truly a once in a lifetime experience, happening in the same place only once every 400 years.

New York is the perfect place to take in the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, starting shortly after 2pm, as visitors within a 124-mile wide path stretching from Chautauqua-Allegheny to the majestic Niagara Falls in Greater Niagara, over the pristine Finger Lakes, mighty Adirondacks, and magical Thousand Islands-Seaway get a front row seat to this extraordinary cosmic occurrence.

Feel the energy and excitement as cities and towns in the path of totality take on a festival-like atmosphere, with many from the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory to the Rochester Museum & Science Center hosting special events attracting viewers from near and far all coming to be part of an experience like no other. 

Come experience totality in New York!

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Path of Totality

A graphic showing the path of the total solar eclipse across New York State

Explore New York's Regions of Totality

From epic viewing spots to special events, check out these guides to discover the best ways to experience the 2024 total solar eclipse in New York State's regions in the path of totality.


The Cloudsplitter Gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain

With six million acres of forever wild landscape to discover, the Adirondacks promise to be one of the most scenic places to view the 2024 eclipse.


A bridge and the National Comedy Center seen from the Jamestown Riverwalk

Discover great outdoor adventures, taste local wines, and laugh it up at the National Comedy Center in New York's enchanting southwest.


Vineyard and Seneca Lake along Route 414 Hector, NY Schuyler County, Finger Lakes Region

Eleven pristine lakes surrounded by natural beauty, world-class museums, and wine trails perfect for raising a toast to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Waters race down Niagara Falls at sunset

Experience the eclipse with one of Earth's greatest natural wonders, Niagara Falls, as a backdrop, discover famous architecture, and enjoy world-famous wings.


A white lighthouse with the backdrop of a orange and purple sunset

Discover this freshwater paradise for sightseeing and recreation in a fairy tale wonderland full of castles to add a touch of whimsy to your eclipse getaway.

Find an Eclipse Event

Swipe through to discover out-of-this-world eclipse happenings in New York State and check out our full calendar of eclipse events.

More Resources & Information

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

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

    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.

    The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the contiguous U.S. will not be until August 2044.

  • What time will the eclipse occur?

    The eclipse will begin in western New York shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Full totality will begin in Chautauqua County at 3:17 p.m., moving through the state to Plattsburgh at 3:25 p.m. Locations in the path of totality could experience total darkness for up to 4 minutes. The table below lists the predicted phase times and duration for New York State areas in the path of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

    Buffalo 2:04:56 PM 3:18:20 PM 3:22:06 PM 4:32:10 PM
    Jamestown 2:03:38 PM 3:17:55 PM 3:20:46 PM 4:31:43 PM
    Plattsburgh 2:14:03 PM 3:25:44 PM 3:29:18 PM 4:37:07 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


  • How can I safely view the eclipse?

    Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun's bright face, it is unsafe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. According to NASA, viewing any part of the sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury. The partial phases of the solar eclipse can only be safely observed directly with specialized solar viewing glasses ("eclipse glasses") or a handheld solar viewer. Regular sunglasses, polarized or otherwise, are not a safe replacement for solar eclipse glasses. Click here for information on eclipse glasses and viewing safety tips.

  • How can I learn more about the eclipse in New York State?

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