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Countdown to Totality

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cut a 124-mile path across New York State. This once-in-a-lifetime celestial event occurs in the same place only once every 400 years – and this year, the path of totality covers 20 SUNY campuses.

Map of 2024 solar eclips path over SUNY campuses
Map of 2024 solar eclips path over SUNY campuses

Solar Eclipse Safety

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Remember to protect your eyes with specialized solar viewing glasses.

  • • Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse.
  • • Sunglasses will NOT protect your eyes.
  • • If your eyes are exposed to the sun without the appropriate protection, it can cause temporary or permanent damage.
  • • Use International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses from a trusted source.
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Prepare for the weather and traffic.

  • • Traffic volume is expected to be very high on the day of the eclipse. Plan on staying in one place for the day. If you must be out, allow for plenty of extra travel time.
  • • Prepare by bringing water, fuel, medications, and food in your vehicle.
  • • Do not stop to view the eclipse along the roadway. Choose a safe viewing destination off the road and arrive early to ensure you are ready for the big show!
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If camping, bring the proper gear and watch out for ticks.

  • • Wear shoes and socks, long pants, and a longsleeved shirt when outdoors in a tick habitat.
  • • Check yourself for ticks during the day and do a thorough check at the end of the day.
  • • Consider the use of mosquito and tick repellents.

How to Get Involved

SUNY campuses across the Empire State will host special viewing events, educational lectures, and community engagement activities leading up to and during the solar eclipse. Find activities at your local SUNY campuses below.

Find a SUNY Eclipse Expert

Faculty / Researchers:

  • Junhong (June) Wang, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
  • Bhupal Shrestha, NYS Mesonet, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
  • Justin Minder, Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
  • Jeff Freedman, Esq., PhD, CCM - Research Faculty, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

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Faculty Resources

Eye safety:

  • Andrew Reynolds, ophthalmologist 

Science:

  • Tracy Gregg, professor and chair of the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dejan Stojkovic and Sambandamurthy "Murthy" Ganapathy, both professors in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nick DeFrancesco, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences

Education:

  • Noemi Waight, associate professor of learning and instruction in the Graduate School of Education

Culture:

  • David Schmid, expert of on pop culture and cultural studies

Full details and contact information at buffalo.edu.

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SUNY Geneseo Offers Eclipse Lessons in Local Schools

Faculty / Researcher:

  • Raj Pandya, Director, John R. Kirk Planetarium; Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy

New Paltz Planetarium

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SUNY Oswego - Total Solar Eclipse

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