What the 2024 eclipse means for Rochester

The Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 brought millions of people traveling to the path of totality from around the globe: eclipse-chasers, astronomy fans, and science-loving families alike. Although Rochester itself experienced only a partial eclipse (73%), the event nevertheless brought our region together in a communal appreciation of our natural world and of humans’ ability to understand it.

The 2024 Great American Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, will start in Mexico and travel northeast, directly through Rochester but missing all major East Coast cities. As the closest city with a major science center to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, Rochester will be in the international spotlight. We expect hundreds of thousands of out-of-town visitors to flock to our area in the 5-7 days preceding the eclipse, and we plan to make the most of it.



Stakeholders in the 2024 eclipse come from all sectors of our community:

  • Cultural and recreational venues
  • Tourism
  • Food and beverage
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Law enforcement
  • Education
  • Science / Optics

…and more. The Rochester Museum & Science Center is leading the effort to coordinate these stakeholders so we can properly plan to make the most of this opportunity. We will be hosting regular meetings in the years leading up to the eclipse. Please click here to add your name and contact information to our list so you can be informed of upcoming meetings and how you can get involved.

Additionally, feel free to reach out to our Eclipse Partnership Manager, Dan Schneiderman, at dschneiderman@rmsc.org.

Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico Image Credit & Copyright: Colleen Pinski

Eclipse Map of New York State Image Credit & Copyright: National Eclipse