Just 2 years until total solar eclipse in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The next solar eclipse is two years away, and unlike 2017’s, the path of totality will pass right over Rochester.

It will be the first time in almost a century that Rochester will experience a total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse is very different from what anyone in the Rochester area saw on Aug. 21, 2017, the moon completely covers the sun in the middle of the day, darkening the sky but allowing the Sun’s corona to shine a silver-gray tint.

On April 8, 2024, at 3:20 p.m., the Rochester area will experience a total solar eclipse for 3 minutes and 38 seconds, one minute of totality longer than 2017’s.

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is already connecting with local organizations, from parks and schools to restaurants and breweries, in hopes the community will make the most out of this noteworthy event.

The museum even created a website with more information about how to get involved, and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts using the handle @ROCSolarEclipse.

Those who are already excited can prepare now by going outside at 3:20 p.m. and taking a picture of where the sun is in the sky—but—do not look directly at the sun now or during the 2024 eclipse—it can damage your eyes.


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