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Get ready for an astronomical adventure as Cortland County gears up to witness the breathtaking 2024 solar eclipse on April 8, 2024! Explore the community events specially curated for this celestial phenomenon, ranging from family-friendly gatherings to expert-led skywatch parties. Discover the best spots in Cortland County to witness the eclipse, ensuring an unforgettable experience for seasoned sky gazers and first-time eclipse enthusiasts alike.

Check out the valuable resources, including guides on safely observing the eclipse, understanding the science behind it and tips for capturing that perfect celestial snapshot. Planning to make it a weekend getaway? Find recommendations on accommodations, attractions and places to eat in Cortland County.

Mark your calendars, gather your eclipse glasses and join us for an extraordinary celebration under the cosmic canopy.

April 2024 Eclipse Resources

The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024 from Cortland, NY
The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024 across New York State

Solar Eclipse FAQs

What's happening on April 8, 2024?

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse, and while Cortland County is just outside the path of totality, it will still be a sight you won't forget! A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and the moon’s shadow crosses the earth’s surface. There are actually two shadows created during an eclipse by the moon. One is called the Penumbra, which causes viewers to only see a partial solar eclipse.

What will the eclipse look like in Cortland County near the maximum point?

While very close to a total eclipse, Cortland will only have the disk of the sun 99% covered by the moon’s shadow. Check out this animation that shows what the eclipse approximately looks like near the maximum point.

What time is eclipse 2024 in Cortland County?

On April 8, 2024, the eclipse will take place from 2:08 to 4:34 p.m. EST, while the maximum eclipse will be visible starting at 3:23:24 p.m. in Cortland County. 

Are solar eclipses dangerous?

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.

Where can I get eclipse glasses?

Eclipse glasses are available for FREE from Experience Cortland! Visit the Cortland County Visitors Center at 42 Main Street, Cortland NY 13045 to pick up a pair. Certain Cortland County tourism locations also have eclipse glasses available. Eclipse glasses or solar filters should comply with the transmission requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard for filters for direct viewing of the Sun.

Where will this 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.

Cortland County Events

Is your organization hosting a solar eclipse viewing party? Are you planning educational lectures or DIY solar eclipse viewer workshops before the big day? Let the Experience Cortland staff know! Submit your event details to Check back frequently for updated event listings.

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