WHERE TO VIEW THE ECLIPSE LOCALLY:
Because solar observation can be hazardous if done improperly, we will have organized locations where you can go to observe with proper equipment and trained operators.
- Buffalo Museum of Science
- Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve
- Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College
- Other locations TBA
You can observe this from just about anywhere (with clear skies) using the SAFE methods described here.
WHEN TOTALITY WILL OCCUR BUFFALO:
The moon’s shadow will be moving from the southwest toward the northeast. Exact local times will vary depending on your location.
- Partial eclipse begins a little after 2:00 pm
- Totality will begin at about 3:15 pm, depending on your location
- Totality will last about 3 mins and 45 secs if you are on the centerline
- The farther you are from the centerline, the shorter totality will last
- Sun Altitude 45 deg & Azimuth: 226 deg
- Partial eclipse ends at about 4:30 pm
- Overall eclipse duration: 2h 27m
TO WITNESS TOTALITY, YOU’LL NEED TO TRAVEL
The circumstances for each eclipse are different. The “path of totality” for the August 2017 event is a strip about 60-70 miles wide, illustrated the map below. You’ll need to travel to a spot along this path in order to witness the total eclipse in 2017. If you can’t make that trip, we are collaborating to provide viewing of the partially covered sun. Because it is dangerous to look directly at the sun, you’ll need special protection for your eyes. We’ll have telescopes with special filters, projections of the sun and special “eclipse glasses” available for you.
Click HERE to go to NASA’s website with an interactive map that will show you exact times and circumstances for the eclipse.