New York gears up for total solar eclipse - TravelMole

New York gears up for total solar eclipse

Friday, 12 Jan, 2024 0

With less than 100 days to go, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has outlined plans for viewing a once in a generation experience – the total solar eclipse.

On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will encompass the western and northern parts of New York State.

In less than 15 minutes within a 3:15 to 3:30pm window, the moon will pass between the earth and sun, turning day into night for between 70 seconds to 3 ½ minutes.

The roughly 100-mile wide path of totality will enter in the southwestern part of the state and will depart northern New York.

Places within this path include Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Old Forge, Lake Placid and Plattsburgh.

The entire event will last for up to 2 ½ hours, marking the time the sun is first obstructed to the last moments when the moon’s shadow is cast.

“Come for the eclipse, but stay for New York and enjoy all our great state has to offer,” Governor Hochul said.

Other areas of the state that are outside the path cam also view the celestial spectacle.

The minimum coverage in the state will be on Long Island, with the sun being shadowed at 88% there.

New York City will see 89% coverage.

Various state agencies and authorities have been planning for the event for more than a year.

It has focused on building awareness of the State as a prime viewing location.

It includes traffic management, communications capabilities and public health and safety.

The goals surrounding the eclipse are to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable experience from start to finish.

New York State and I LOVE NY are encouraging eclipse viewers to extend an eclipse viewing trip into a full vacation.

The event is an important opportunity to showcase New York State’s parks, attractions, quaint towns and landscapes.

I LOVE NY has launched the multi-platform “Come for the Eclipse, Stay for New York” campaign to present New York as the main place to be to witness this event.

The campaign and a special eclipse website highlight viewing location information in the five regions that will experience the path of totality, a variety of attractions and special eclipse-related events happening.

There will be InstagramFacebookTikTok, and Twitter/X content, email newsletters, and digital displays in various highly trafficked locations across the state.

The website also includes resources for educators, families and kids, along with photos and frequently asked questions about solar eclipses.

Visitors can download a special edition eclipse poster, created through an I LOVE NY partnership with acclaimed artist and astronomer Dr. Tyler Nordgren.

It is almost a century since New York last experienced a total solar eclipse.

Empire State Development President, CEO Hope Knight said; “The 2024 total solar eclipse will provide a historic opportunity for residents and visitors to experience this natural phenomenon.”


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