The Path of Totality
The “path of totality” is the specific band of area where an awe-inspiring total eclipse can be witnessed. When the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth it completely blocks all but the sun’s wispy outermost atmosphere or corona. On April 8, 2024 that approximate 110-mile-wide path will arch across the United States, from Texas to Maine, crossing at a diagonal through the Adirondack region. Whether you arrive from the north, south, east or west, the Adirondacks provide a vast preserve of natural space to settle in for the show.
The next total solar eclipse on the continental U.S. will not occur until 2044.
What time will the eclipse begin?
In the Adirondacks, the eclipse process will begin shortly after 2 p.m. and end at about 4:30 for a total duration of about 2 ½ hours. BUT totality only lasts about four minutes. View I LOVE NY’s information for specific eclipse time frames.
How can I safely view the eclipse?
There is a short window of time when it is safe to view the eclipse without safety glasses, as described in this NASA blog. Safety glasses are inexpensive and necessary to safely look at the sun during the eclipse process.
We also recommend that you:
- Arrive at your viewing location well before the total eclipse time.
- Be aware that walking conditions can be slippery and even icy in shaded or higher elevation locations in the Adirondacks in early April.
- Stay away from ledges.
Where can I stay?
Can I camp?
Can I go skiing while I’m in the Adirondacks for the eclipse?
Conditions can vary in early April but the major Adirondack ski resorts are still open at that time and will be hosting special events and viewing opportunities for the eclipse. Many are already booking reservations for viewing the eclipse on scenic skyrides.
Can I still enjoy the solar eclipse outside of the path of totality?
Sure, but you will only see a partial eclipse. The difference is literally like night and day. So plan your trip to the Adirondacks to be sure you don’t miss out