In less than a week, the highly anticipated total solar eclipse of 2017 will finally make its journey across the continental United States from west to east. Although only 14 states will be within the path of totality and see the total solar eclipse, everyone in North America will bear witness to a partial solar eclipse, including the Adirondacks. Find out everything you need to know below!
Photo courtesy of NASA
The Total Solar Eclipse
A total solar eclipse is a rare celestial event during the New Moon phase when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking all or part of it from view on Earth.
The last time the United States saw a total solar eclipse was over 35 years ago in 1979. During this year’s eclipse, the longest period the moon will fully block the sun will be about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
To see the total eclipse, one must be within the path of totality; this is the 70-mile wide path the eclipse will follow as it moves across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Everyone else will see the partial eclipse, which is still impressive!
What Is The Partial Eclipse?
Most of North America will see a partial solar eclipse as the moon covers part of the sun. According to NASA’s 2017 Eclipse website, a majority of the sun (around 2/3) will be blocked over the Adirondack Park when the eclipse goes from west to east across the country.
Solar Eclipse Safety Tips
Unfortunately, normal sunglasses or homemade filters won’t be enough to protect your eyes from the sun if you want to look at the eclipse. The only safe way to view a solar eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters (eclipse glasses) or using a pinhole projector.
- Eclipse Glasses – Local observatories, museums, and other sites hosting eclipse parties may provide eclipse glasses. If not, special solar filter eclipse glasses are available online.
- Pinhole Projector – While you can use your hands during the eclipse to create a projection on the ground, the easiest way is to create pinholes in a piece of paper and hold it above the ground. The pinholes will then project stages of the eclipse on the ground.
Where To See The Eclipse In The Adirondacks
Weather permitting, everyone in the Adirondacks should be able to see the partial solar eclipse when it makes its way to the region. NASA has an interactive map so you can find out estimates for the start and end of the partial solar eclipse in your specific location.
Since the interactive map is in UT, its times are 4 hours ahead of EDT, so you can expect the eclipse to begin in the Adirondacks a little after 1:00pm on Monday, August 21st.
Wondering where you should be to see the partial solar eclipse in the Adirondack Park? Some great options include:
- On the summit of your favorite Adirondack peak (bring your eclipse glasses)
- Near an open area, such as Lake Champlain, Lake George, or another body of water
- A place with scenic vantage points, such as High Falls Gorge
- An eclipse viewing party at The Wild Center or the Adirondack Public Observatory
Are you excited to see this spectacular event?