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Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Meet the dark side of the moon, as shade covers the land and the temperature suddenly drops during one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena!

Rockefeller State Park Preserve will  have a telescope with a solar filter set up for this rare and exciting event. They will provide AAS-approved solar viewing glasses to 500 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be a craft station for guests to create pinhole viewers while supplies last.

The last total solar eclipse in New York was in 1925, nearly 100 years ago! The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2045, but NY won’t be in the path of totality again until 2079.

The moon’s shadow will obscure 90% of the sun in our area, with the eclipse reaching its maximum around approximately 3:25 pm.

The viewing area will be on the Overlook Trail, a short uphill walk from the Visitor’s Center.

You are welcome to bring a lightweight folding chair to the site. No picnics, frisbees or ball-playing allowed.

There are no trash cans on site, please carry out any trash with you when you leave.

Whether you join the park or decide to view from home, please take precautions and never look at the sun directly, including while it is eclipsed. See NASA’s website for more safety information.

Cost: FREE. Please register so park staff know how many people to expect.

Parking: $6 per vehicle in the main lot. Street parking along Rt. 117 is free.

Photo courtesy of Vinny Coulehan


April 8
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Rockefeller State Park Preserve
125 Phelps Way
Pleasantville, 10570 United States
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