2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross over the WNY Wilds! This is a once in a lifetime event and we are lucky to be in the coveted path of totality. During a solar eclipse, the Moon’s shadow covers the Sun, creating a shadow zone where the phenomenon can be observed. When a total eclipse occurs, the area where an eclipse can be seen is referred to as the “path of totality”. Totality is the duration of total obscuration of the sun or moon during an eclipse. Unless you’re on this path you’ll only see a partial eclipse. Get yourself in the path of totality! Check back often for all your 2024 Total Solar Eclipse updates!!

The Path of Totality

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Path of Totality Map

Click the link below to view what the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse will look like from your WNY Wild’s town or any location along the path of totality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: Unless you’re on that line—the path of totality—you’ll only see a partial eclipse. The difference between a total solar eclipse and a partial one is literally the difference between night and day, so get yourself into the path of totality if you can!

Answer: The WNY Wilds will begin to see the eclipse at 2:05pm and the end will occur at approximately 4:35pm, it all depends on your location. How long you experience totality will also depend on your specific location. The point of maximum duration in the Wilds a.k.a. Allegany county, during the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse will be Centerville (2 minutes 47 seconds). Look to the chart on this page to find our how long your town will experience totality!!

Answer: Once every 360 to 410 years.

Answer: There are 18 towns and villages that are in the path of totality for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.

Get TOTALITY Wild in the WNY Wilds!

Where can I see a total solar eclipse?When will totality begin?How long will it last?
Town/VillageStart of Total EclipseDuration of Totality
Allen3:20:12 PM1 minute 58 seconds
Angelica3:20:36 PM1 minute
Belfast3:20:05 PM1 minute 48 seconds
Birdsall3:20:29 PM1 minute 34 seconds
Burns3:20:57 PM1 minute 4 seconds
Canaseraga3:20:38 PM1 minute 40 seconds
Caneadea3:19:51 PM2 minutes 13 seconds
Centerville3:19:27 PM2 minutes 47 seconds
Cuba3:20:07 PM1 minute 11 seconds
Fillmore3:19:46 PM2 minutes 31 seconds
Granger3:20 PM2 minutes 23 seconds
Grove3:20:27 PM1 minute 48 seconds
Houghton3:19:45 PM2 minutes 24 seconds
Hume3:19:42 PM2 minutes 35 seconds
New Hudson3:19:43 PM2 minute 7 seconds
Rushford3:19:36 PM2 minutes 26 seconds
Swain3:20:22 PM2 minutes 4 seconds
Wiscoy3:19:47 PM2 minutes 36 seconds

How to safely view a solar eclipse.

According to NASA and the American Astronomical Society, the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed, partially eclipsed, or annularly eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. We have provided a list from the AAS, to help ensure safe solar viewing. All businesses on the list are verified to be compliant with the transmission requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

American Solar Eclipse Company https://www.americansolareclipse.com/
Avenues of the Sky https://avenuesofthesky.org/
Big Kid Science https://www.bigkidscience.com/eclipse-glasses/
Eclipse2024.org https://eclipse2024.org/glasses_order.html
GreatAmericanEclipse.com https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/eclipse-viewing
ICSTARS Astronomy http://www.icstars.com/Store/other/solar-glasses.html
NationalEclipse.com https://nationaleclipse.com/
WebEyeCare.com https://webeyecare.com/prevent-blindness-eclipse-eyeglasses/
Solar Filters for Smartphones: Solar Snap https://www.eclipseglasses.com/collections/solar-snap-eclipse-app/products/solar-snap-the-eclipse-app

Note: This web page does not constitute medical advice. Readers with medical questions should contact a qualified eye-care professional.

Free Eclipse Glasses for Libraries

Calling all public librarians! The STAR Library Network (STAR Net), managed by the Space Science Institute, is offering free eclipse glasses along with supporting information, training, and ideas for activities to conduct at eclipse events at U.S. public libraries. Learn more, and register to participate, on the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) website.