Welcome to the Finger Lakes, where nature's wonders never cease to amaze! We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated celestial event of 2024: the Total Solar Eclipse. On April 8th, 2024, the skies will darken as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, casting a spellbinding shadow across our region. This rare phenomenon offers a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring dance of the cosmos. Not only is the Finger Lakes region an ideal destination for experiencing the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, but it also holds the distinction of being directly in the path of totality. This remarkable alignment is an exceptionally rare occurrence, as the path of totality is typically narrow and spans only a small portion of the Earth's surface.

The Finger Lakes Tourism Council invites you to be part of this extraordinary experience by joining us in one of the best viewing spots in the Finger Lakes region. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our pristine lakes and lush landscapes while marveling at the celestial spectacle unfolding above. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event - plan your visit now and prepare to be captivated by the celestial magic of the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in the Finger Lakes.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, partially or completely blocking the Sun's light. It's a breathtaking celestial event where the Moon casts a shadow on Earth, creating a temporary darkening of the sky.

When will the 2024 solar eclipse occur?

The 2024 solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024. It will be the first total eclipse visible in our area since 1925, and the last for 126 years. Make sure to check the local times and specific path of the eclipse for your area to plan your viewing accordingly.

How long will the solar eclipse last?

The precise time and duration of the eclipse will vary depending on your location within the Finger Lakes region. The eclipse, in it's entirety, will last from about 2:06 p.m. to 4:34 p.m. However, the duration of totality (the time when the moon is completely blocking the sun) will only last for about 2-4 Minutes depending on your location.

How do I watch the solar eclipse safely? 

The only safe way to look directly at the sun during an eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, like ISO certified solar eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. Remember the only safe time to look at the sun without solar filters is during the 2-4 minutes of total eclipse. These specialized glasses block harmful rays and allow you to see the eclipse without any risk to your eyes.

Are there any events or activities planned for the 2024 solar eclipse in the Finger Lakes region?

Yes! The Finger Lakes region is brimming with exciting events and activities to celebrate the 2024 solar eclipse. From guided eclipse viewings to educational workshops and stargazing parties, there will be something for everyone. Check our events above for a comprehensive list of happenings and make sure to plan your visit accordingly.

What should I bring to view the solar eclipse?

To ensure a memorable and safe experience, we recommend bringing the following items:

  • ISO certified solar eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers for each person in your group
  • Portable chairs or blankets for comfortable seating during the eclipse
  • Sunscreen and hats to protect against the Sun's rays
  • Snacks, water, and any necessary personal items to stay hydrated and comfortable throughout the event
  • A fully charged camera or smartphone to capture the eclipse (with the appropriate filters)

Path of Totality

2024 Solar Eclipse - path of totality