Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens on April 8, 2024
On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse, and Wayne County, NY is in the path of totality. In a solar eclipse, the moon gets between the Sun and Earth. In a total solar eclipse, people who are in the path of totality see the Sun's bright disk totally covered by the Moon for a short time.
Why is this a big deal?
A total solar eclipse was last seen in Wayne County in 1925 and will not be seen here again for another 126 years!
A total eclipse is one of the rarest and most spectacular events in nature. During the partial phases just before and after totality, the landscape around you is transformed by eerie dim light and strangely sharp shadows.
During totality, the sky becomes as dark as deep twilight, bright stars and planets appear, and the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona, shines around the black disk of the Moon's silhouette. Changes in temperature, winds and animal behavior occur during the time around totality. The experience is emotionally powerful and unforgettable.
What will we see from Wayne County?
|Duration of totality
|Partial eclipse begins
|Total eclipse begins
|Total eclipse ends
|Partial eclipse ends
Where in our sky will the Sun be at eclipse? I need to know if a nearby building or tree will block my view.
Good question! As seen from Western New York at mid-eclipse, the Sun will be in the southwestern sky, a little more than halfway up from the horizon to the overhead point.
Are solar eclipses dangerous?
Like hiking in the woods, riding a bicycle or cooking on an outdoor grill, eclipse viewing is safe, enjoyable and worthwhile if you equip yourself with some basic information and take simple precautions. To prevent eye damage, do not look directly at the Sun during the partial phases of an eclipse. (You wouldn't normally do that anyway, but during an eclipse, the Sun is more interesting than usual.) Don't look into a mirror at a reflected image of the Sun. Instead, look through a filter or "glasses" made specifically for solar viewing, or project the Sun's image onto some surface.
It is safe to look directly at the Sun without viewing equipment during the brief time of totality. There are no such things as dangerous rays that come only during eclipses.
Be sure when purchasing your solar viewing glasses that they are labeled ISO certified-safe.
Where else will the eclipse be total?
This eclipse will be total as seen from a 122-mile-wide path of totality extending from Mazatlan and Durango, Mexico to Dallas, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Watertown and Plattsburgh; parts of the Montreal area, northern Maine and New Brunswick.
I don’t live in Wayne County, but I am in the area. Will the timing of the eclipse be different for me?
Probably. The closer you are to the centerline of the path of totality, the longer totality will last for you.
Because there is so much to see and feel during totality, it is worthwhile to travel to a place with a few seconds more. If you are outside the path of totality, you will not get the same experience of a total eclipse. A partial eclipse is not the same experience at all. We suggest you make plans to travel to the path of totality. No one who has ever experienced a total eclipse regrets the effort.