Western NY and the Finger Lakes region are expecting 300,000 to 500,000 visitors to view the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.
Here's what you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable eclipse viewing experience as you get a front row seat for this extraordinary cosmic occurrence.
- A total Solar Eclipse - Monday, April 8, 2024
- Eclipse Duration: 2:07 p.m. - 4:33 p.m.
- Totality / Darkness Duration: 3:20 p.m. – 3:24 p.m. (3 minutes and 38 seconds)
- 3 minutes and 38 seconds of darkness
- What will happen:
- Deep dusk
- The temperature may fall by as many as 10 degrees
- Animals and plants may behave as if it’s nighttime
- Eerily still, sense of wonder and awe
- It will still get dark even if it’s a cloudy day
- The next total solar eclipse for Monroe County will occur on October 26, 2144 - that’s in 120 years!
- 300,000 to 500,000 visitors are expected to come to our area. Many will come on Saturday, April 6 and stay through Monday or Tuesday.
- Never look directly into the Sun without eclipse glasses
- Use only certified “eclipse glasses” for safe viewing of the Sun
- Do not look at the eclipse using sunglasses; they don’t provide protection and you will damage your eyes.
- The general recommendation is to have 2 pairs of eclipse glasses per family if you won’t be looking up the entire time. It’s OK to share.
- Expect heavy traffic delays and gridlock for 3-6 hours before and after the eclipse
- Streets or bridges may be closed, depending on your location
- Consider using 511NY to view current travel conditions: 511NY apps can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices.
- Do not stop on roadways to view the eclipse
- It will be dark during the eclipse: use headlights when driving
- If you will be on the road, make sure to fill your gas tank well ahead of the eclipse
- Pack smart. Make sure you have water, fuel, medications, food and appropriate clothing (boots, hats, blankets) in your vehicle.
- Never park in yellow or brown grass or brush during the spring months. The exhaust pipes from your car can be hot enough to start a fire.
- Be aware of potential cellular network overload / slow service
- Keep phones and devices charged prior to eclipse
- Because traffic could be especially bad, fill necessary prescriptions several days ahead
- Getting to and from the doctor’s office could be a hassle. Avoid scheduling non-emergent medical appointments on the afternoon of the eclipse
- Because of the expected impacts on our roadways, pregnant women and individuals with serious medical conditions should consider staying closer to hospitals or urgent care facilities if they may require immediate access to medical assistance
- EMS services may be strained or held up by heavy traffic – expect delayed service for police, fire & ambulance
- Most Schools will be closed
- Some business will be closed, work remotely or flex their hours
- Do not schedule routine deliveries or appointments for this day
- Restaurants and stores may be crowded with the influx of visitors
- This is a once in a lifetime event!
- View the eclipse in your own backyard - or
- Experience eclipse with others at events
- Most events run from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Plan to stay for the duration of the event
- Bring what you will need for the day
- Visit rochestereclipse2024.org for local event listings
KEEP YOUR EYES PROTECTED
Do Sunglasses work?
- NO. They’re not strong enough.
Can I use my eclipse glasses from 2017 or 2021?
- Yes, as long as they’re not scratched or don’t have holes in them
Should I wear them during the entire eclipse?
- If you’re in the path of totality, you can take them off ONLY during the totality. Otherwise, keep them on if you’re looking at the Sun.
Should I wear the eclipse glasses while driving home?
- No. It would be similar to putting on a blindfold.
When I put them on, I can’t see anything. Are they still good?
- That means they’re working.
Can I wear eclipse glasses and look through a camera lens, binoculars or a telescope?
- NO. Using eclipse glasses on the outer part of the cameras, binoculars or telescope may cause eye injury. Always use a special-purpose solar filter over the front of the optics to view the Sun.
How many eclipse glasses per family?
- Generally recommending 2 per family. You won’t be looking up the entire time. Sharing is caring.
How to Tell if Your Eclipse Glasses are Legit
- Look for the ISO mark and ISO 12312-2:2015
Where can I buy glasses?
While wearing the glasses inside, do you see anything?
- Sometimes you can look at a bare light bulb (not LED) and see just the filament.
Never look directly into the Sun without eclipse glasses!