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Plattsburgh Eclipse 2024

Join us on the path to totality.

Eclipse 2024

Eclipse Events & Resources

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the moon’s shadow will trace a narrow swath across North America, momentarily eclipsing the sun  — and SUNY Plattsburgh is directly in its path!  We invite you to join us in the festivities for this exceptional astronomical event. 

Be Involved! 

We invite you to explore the lectures, exhibits, conferences and events we have planned to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Totality Conference: Call for Proposals

Be More Than a Spectator: Join in Creating the Path to Totality

  • Submissions Due: Monday, March 4, 2024 — Submission Form
  • Conference Date: Friday, April 5, 2024

The Totality Conference is a mini-conference modeled on the successful template created for Black Solidarity Day. Held on on April 5, the Friday prior to the Total Solar Eclipse, the conference gives us an opportunity to contemplate the meaning of the experience from as many perspectives as possible — scientific, social, cultural, aesthetic, historical and spiritual. We invite students, faculty, staff and community members to contribute a session that speaks directly to one or more of these perspectives on this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event.

Already submitted? Thank you!  We ask that you update your time preferences using this form: Submit/update proposals by March 4, 2024.

Call for Art: Darkness & Light

A Two-Part Exhibition Celebrating the Eclipse

Darkness & Light is a community art exhibition open to everyone. Each artist is welcome to submit up to three pieces. Pieces for the darkness theme will be exhibited at the Strand Center for the Arts and pieces for the light theme will be exhibited at SUNY Plattsburgh.

  • Submissions Due:Extended — March 12, 2024
  • Show Dates: April 5–27, 2024

For more information and to submit online, please visit the Strand Center for the Arts.


Solar Eclipse, Path to Totality Mini-Exhibit

Celebrating the Path to Totality with Rockwell Kent

The Plattsburgh State Art Museum and its staff are anxiously awaiting this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to behold the total eclipse that will occur in Plattsburgh on April 8, 2024. In anticipation of this momentous event, we explored our collections for celestial representations to mark the occasion. While we did not have artworks that address this specific astrological event, we did discover a powerful selection of Rockwell Kent works that address the celestial realm.

  • Date & Time: Ongoing through the spring semester
  • Location: Outside of the Burke Gallery, Second Floor, Myers Fine Arts Building

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Solar Total Eclipse Resources

For a total solar eclipse to take place, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. Weather permitting, people located in the center of the moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse — and Plattsburgh will be in the center of the moon’s shadow!

The sky will become very dark for a few minutes, as if it were night — in Plattsburgh, this darkness will last over three minutes. Normally, when looking at the sun, you can only see the photosphere, the bright surface. However, extending about 5,000 km above the photosphere is the region of the solar atmosphere called the chromosphere. It is only seen during total solar eclipses, or with sophisticated telescopes, and its red and pinkish color gives the blackened moon a thin halo of color against the greyish corona. 

Because Plattsburgh will be in the center of the total solar eclipse, we will also see the sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the sun. This will be a very rare and special experience and we hope you will plan to participate with us!

Source: NASA

Image: Burghy checks out the sky during Homecoming weekend before the partial solar eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 14.


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