Did you know Rochester, NY is on the Path of Totality Awesome for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse? On April 8, 2024 at 3:20 p.m. visitors and locals will experience three minutes and 38 seconds of totality. Review frequently asked eclipse questions below and begin planning your visit to celebrate this incredible celestial event. 


What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking some or all of the sun to earth's surface.

What type of eclipse is happening in 2024?

The 2024 eclipse will be a total eclipse. During a total eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun. Even though the sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, the distance between each solar body creates the illusion that they're the same size in the sky when viewed from earth.

When will the eclipse be visible in Rochester?

The moon will begin to cover the sun at 2:07 p.m. Rochester locals and visitors will experience about 3 minutes and 38 seconds of totality starting at 3:20 p.m. EST. The eclipse ends for Rochester viewers at 4:33 p.m.

Where in Rochester can I see the eclipse?

There are plenty of outdoor spaces that will offer unobstructed views of the eclipse, including numerous town and state parks. Many attractions will be hosting eclipse-themed events in celebration of the eclipse as well. Review our Eclipse Viewing Locations guide for more information.

Will there be eclipse activities happening in Rochester?

Yes, there will be a number of eclipse events taking place at a variety of venues around Rochester in the days leading up to and on the day of the eclipse! Click here for a up-to-date list of events taking place at attractions, restaurants, breweries and more.

Where should I stay in Rochester for the eclipse?

From luxury hotel suites to kid-friendly and budget-friendly options, review our list of places to stay for you to book your eclipse trip.

When was the last total solar eclipse in Rochester? 

Rochester's last total solar eclipse was on January 24, 1925.

Why should I visit Rochester for the 2024 eclipse?

Rochester, NY is in the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse, and will offer visitors 3 minutes and 38 seconds of totality. On top of this solar phenomenon, Rochester is filled with activities, events and things to do before, during and after the total solar eclipse. Visit one of the city's many museums or art galleries. Find family-friendly activities all around the Rochester area. Indulge in an eclipse-themed food or drink pairing. Enjoy the outdoors at one of Greater Rochester's many parks. And much more - find it all in Rochester, a.k.a. the "path of totality awesome." 


Discover more information on the Total Solar Eclipse in Rochester, NY and start planning your trip now for this once in a lifetime experience!