What the 2024 eclipse means for Rochester

The Great American Eclipse in 2017 brought millions of people to the path of totality from around the globe: eclipse-chasers, astronomy fans, and science-loving families alike. The communal experience was a memory of a lifetime for those who experienced the total solar eclipse.

On April 8, 2024, Rochester, NY, will be in the path of totality and will experience about 3 minutes and 38 seconds of totality. In fact, the 2024 eclipse, starting in Mexico and traveling northeast, will hit Rochester but miss all other major East Coast cities, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. As the closest city to the path of totality with a major science center, 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.

The total solar eclipse of 2024 will be one of the largest events that Western New York
and the Finger Lakes have ever experienced, with great potential to benefit a wide
range of community programs and upstate initiatives in both the public and private



The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) is leading the effort to coordinate stakeholders for the eclipse so we can collectively plan to make the most of this opportunity. We will be hosting regular meetings in the years leading up to the eclipse.

Stakeholders in the 2024 eclipse come from all sectors of our community. This includes our cultural and recreational venues, to food and beverage retailers, to transportation and law enforcement officers, to educators and other organizations invested in science, technology, and optics, and more!

Here are a few organizations already involved in the planning for the 2024 total solar eclipse:

    • Rochester Museum & Science Center
    • Visit Rochester
    • Rochester Kids Out and About
    • Genesee Transportation Council
    • Monroe County Library System
    • Ganondagan
    • WXXI


To get involved with the Task Force and receive information about meetings and developments, sign up for our newsletter or reach out to our Eclipse Partnership Coordinator, 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