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On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over 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. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.

Where and When
Picture of the total solar eclipse path through New York State
Location Totality Start Time Length of Totality (minutes)
Malone 3:24pm 3:15
Potsdam 3:24pm 3:11
Saranac Lake 3:24pm 3:29
Tupper Lake 3:24pm 3:30
Indian Lake 3:25pm 2:02
Lake Placid 3:25pm 3:21
Plattsburgh 3:25pm 3:33
 For more information on times for your area and partial start times, visit here or here. 
Safety

-Eye Safety During a Total Eclipse: 
Safety is the number one priority when viewing a total solar eclipse. Be sure you're familiar with when you need to wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing by reviewing these safety guidelines.  
  • Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.  Viewing any part of the bright 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.  
  • When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun.  Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.
  • Always inspect your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer before use; if torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged, discard the device. Always supervise children using solar viewers. Do NOT look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.
  • If you don’t have eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer, you can use an indirect viewing method, which does not involve looking directly at the Sun. One way is to use a pinhole projector, which has a small opening (for example, a hole punched in an index card) and projects an image of the Sun onto a nearby surface. With the Sun at your back, you can then safely view the projected image. Do NOT look at the Sun through the pinhole!
  • University of Vermont: Eclipse Viewing Do's and Don'ts
-Be Prepared while on the Road
  • Traffic volume is expected to be very high on the day of the eclipse. Plan on staying in one place for the day. If you must be out, allow for plenty of extra travel time.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition.
  • Prepare by bringing water, fuel, medications, and food in your vehicle.
  • Do not stop to view the eclipse along the roadway, especially interstates, parkways, and freeways. Choose a safe viewing destination off the road and arrive early to ensure you are ready for the big show!
  • Spring is mud season. Stay on hard paved roads or packed gravel roads.  Avoid wet grassy areas and pulling off the side of the road too far. 
  • Find an eclipse viewing spot in the Adirondacks here. 
-Be Prepared for the Weather
  • Springtime weather can be warm and sunny.  Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. 
  • Springtime weather can also be cold, snowy or have significant rainfall. Be prepared with appropriate clothing, footwear- such as jackets and boots. 
  • Have alternative plans should weather present hazards.
  • If heading out on the trail to see the eclipse, check trail conditions: the Adirondacks can have snow, icy, and muddy conditions depending on elevation. And carry enough safety gear by checking out the Hike Smart and Winter Hike Smart tips.
-Other Outdoor Safety Tips
  • Watch out for ticks.  Cover your skin completely as possible when in woods or fields.  Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors in a tick habitat. 
  • Check yourself for ticks during the day and do a thorough check at the end of the day.  if you find a tick, use fine point tweezers to remove it. 
  • Consider the use of mosquito and tick repellents, which should always be applied according to label directions.   
  • Ensure that any outdoor fires are extinguished and are cold to touch before leaving.
  • Never leave an outdoor fire unattended.  It only takes a moment for a small fire to get out of control. 
  • Water Safety-
    • Water will still be very cold even if the temperatures are warm.  
    •   Ice surfaces are not safe as Spring arrives. Warmer temperatures and melting ice create unstable surfaces.  Please stay off the ice. 

Total Solar Eclipse Fun for Families and Kids
With many regions of New York State in the direct path of totality for the total solar eclipse, happening April 8, 2024, it's the perfect time and place for your family to make memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some fun and educational activities to enjoy with your kids as you get ready to experience this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event in the Empire State! On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a rare total eclipse that will be traveling over our region. It is anticipated that there will be a massive influx of tourists to our region (approximately 170,000 people are expected to visit between Watertown and Plattsburgh). Many hotels, Air BnBs, VBROs are completely booked. This once and a lifetime experience does present some challenges/concerns that we want everyone to think about/prepare for. We are treating this much like a severe weather event.
Franklin County Residents
On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a rare total eclipse that will be traveling over our region. It is anticipated that there will be a massive influx of tourists to our region (approximately 170,000 people are expected to visit between Watertown and Plattsburgh). Many hotels, Air BnBs, VBROs are completely booked. This once and a lifetime experience does present some challenges/concerns that we want everyone to think about/prepare for. We are treating this much like a severe weather event.

Concerns/Challenges:
-Timing of the eclipse will overlap with normal school release and end of the workday travel. Many schools have decided to close on this day.
-Transportation- Potential for mass congestion on major roadways and secondary roads. We expect many to simply pull over on the side of the road to catch the best view. If you do not need to travel on this day, it may be best to stay off the roads (especially in the southern end of the county).
-Local restaurants/markets could be inundated with tourists. You may want to make sure you have an ample supply of food, gas and medications prior to this event weekend. It is anticipated that many visitors will start arriving into the region on Friday, April 5th.
-Mass gatherings- There are several scheduled mass gatherings/events throughout our region. This could impact travel, Emergency Response teams, etc.
-Communication- There is concern that cell towers will be overloaded, and cell service may be down during this event. Please be prepared not to have cell service on this day.  Land Line phones should continue to work. 
- "New York State Police announce solar eclipse action plan; Large number of visitors expected, concerns listed". Article from Malone Telegram. 


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More Information on the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Eclipse (nasa.gov)
Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory - About Solar Eclipses
New York State Solar Eclipse | View Info, Times & Maps (iloveny.com)
Solar Eclipse 24 (2024-eclipse.com)
Home | Solar Eclipse Across America (aas.org)
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism | 2024 Total Solar Eclipse (roostadk.com)
Eclipse ADK