Solar Eclipse 2024
On April 8, 2024, a rare event will take place in the Whiteface Region: a total solar eclipse will cast its shadow over this stunning region!
The Whiteface Region stands out as an exceptional place to witness the eclipse. Excitement is growing in our local communities as they prepare for this rare celestial event, with local businesses and restaurants finalizing details for watch parties, creating special offers on merchandise and food, and arranging other exciting activities.
When will the eclipse begin?
Each of the four hamlets of the Whiteface Region are within the path of totality for the eclipse. In the Whiteface region, the eclipse will begin at 2:13 p.m., with totality beginning at 3:25 p.m. The duration of totality of the eclipse will vary slightly in each hamlet:
- In Au Sable Forks, totality will last for 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
- In Jay, totality will last for 3 minutes and 21.9 seconds.
- In Upper Jay, totality will last for 3 minutes and 19.8 seconds.
- In Wilmington, totality will last for 3 minutes and 25.4 seconds.
What to expect during the eclipse
As the sun is blotted out, there will be a few things to expect due to the unusual darkness across the region. As the moon moves in front of the sun, the only light visible from the event will be from the sun's corona. The area affected by the eclipse will then experience a “false twilight” or conditions similar to dusk. Local wildlife will quiet down and probably hurry back to their boroughs and nests. Nocturnal animals, like owls, may become active. Up in the sky, stars and planets will appear, including Venus and Jupiter. The eclipse has even attracted a special visitor, Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks. The comet will pass by Jupiter and near the eclipsed sun making for a spectacular sight! Viewers may be able to see it when looking through binoculars, a telescope, or using a camera.
Where to go and what to know
Explore the FAQ and event listings below for all you need to know about where to watch, what to pack, and more.