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.
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!
Be More Than a Spectator — Call for Proposals
We welcome your creativity and involvement as we make plans for fall 2023 and spring 2024. We are looking for individuals or teams who want to weave eclipse-related content into their classes or use themes of light and dark or the sun and moon to explore various realms. Do you want to conduct special research with students? Bring in speakers? Create artistic works or lead people in their creation? Take part in a common read? Do you want to help behind the scenes or do you have something totally different in mind? Share your thoughts with us!