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Plattsburgh Eclipse 2024

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Eclipse 2024

Eclipse Events & Resources

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the moon’s shadow traced a narrow swath across North America, momentarily eclipsing the sun — and SUNY Plattsburgh was directly in its path!

Watch the Eclipse Coverage

Hundreds joined at Hawkins Pond for shared wonder and awe. Watch our coverage of the total solar eclipse over SUNY Plattsburgh.

After-Eclipse Reflection

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

Join us for Tuesday Reflection: Eclipse 2024 “In the Shadows and Beyond: Awe’s Potential for Awakening our Better Selves” — A day prior to this conversation, our community will have experienced a total solar eclipse. Research points to such moments as inspiring awe in viewers. But what, exactly, is that emotion, and how does it impact us?

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the growing body of research about awe and its potential benefits, as well as some of the work currently underway at SUNY Plattsburgh and other colleges across the country. Finally, it will offer up some of the ways that this research might be used to better ourselves, our campus and our communities.

Totality Conference: The Many Faces of “Eclipse”

Friday, Apr. 5 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Totality Conference offers an opportunity to contemplate the meaning of the eclipse from as many perspectives as possible — scientific, social, cultural, aesthetic, historical and spiritual. The Keynote, “Growing Bigger in the Bigness of the Whole,” features scholar/composer Glenn McClure’s musical and visual exploration of how we humans respond to forces beyond our control. Continuing throughout the day, other exciting presentations include a sculpture creation with molten aluminum and bronze, a poetry reading/workshop, the space race in its historical and current dimensions, and much, much more!

  • All sessions in person, some also available through Zoom
  • Parking available in lot 27 (on the corner of Sanborn and Park Avenues) and lot 28 (on the corner of Park and Draper Avenues) for visitors. View campus map

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Totality Conference Schedule of Events — Friday, Apr. 5

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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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