Witness the phenomenon! Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024! On that day, a part of the US will be experiencing a total solar eclipse and the Finger Lakes is in its path of totality.Seriously. Once in a lifetime. If you miss this, you’re out of luck; the next time we’ll see a total solar eclipse in this part of the country will be in 2144! Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to make your viewing plans for this stellar event.

At 3:20 pm, the moon will completely block the face of the sun and parts of the state will be plunged into total darkness. Though the middle of the day, you will experience a hush as twilight conditions blanket the region. For a few minutes, night and day cross paths to produce an other-worldly, once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you want to experience this monumental moment in a more tranquil environment, Yates County is your destination, sitting on the edge of the Total Path. See below which parts of Yates County are in totality and partial totality, the time totality begins, and duration.

Our friends at the Saunders Finger Lakes Museum is offering family-friendly public programming on select dates to learn more about the Total Solar Eclipse. If you have a group that you’d like to schedule programming for, you can contact the Museum.

Rushville, NY: 2 minutes, 13 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Middlesex, NY: 1 minute, 59 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Potter, NY: 1 minute, 49 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Bellona, NY: 1 minute, 40 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Benton, NY: 1 minute, 24 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Italy, NY: 1 minute, 16 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Jerusalem, NY: 51 seconds, totality beginning at 3:21pm
Penn Yan, NY: 39 seconds, totality beginning at 3:22pm

Dresden, NY: 99.9% totality
Torrey, NY: 99.9% totality
Keuka Park, NY: 99.9% totality
Branchport, NY: 99.9 totality
Town of Barrington, NY: 99.7% totality
Himrod, NY: 99.7% totality
Lakemont, NY: 99.5% totality
Dundee, NY: 99.5% totality
Starkey, NY: 99.5% totality

Check out this interactive map to see exactly where totality is anywhere in the country.

Solar Eclipse Map

Eye Safety Tips

  • Wear proper solar eclipse eyewear when looking at the sun. These are NOT sunglasses! Your everyday sunglasses are not enough.
  • The proper and safe viewing glasses are International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses from a trusted source.
  • Don’t have solar eclipse glasses? View the Eclipse through a homemade pinhole projector.
  • Glasses can be shared during the eclipse. Only look up when it’s your turn wearing the glasses.
  • When totality happens (the moon is covering the sun), and there’s full darkness around you, you can remove the glasses.

We have a very limited amount of Eclipse glasses available at this time. If you reserved glasses or kits ahead of time, you can pick them up at any time.

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