References for the Eclipse group for planning the Eclipse 2024 in the Enchanted Mountains (Cattaraugus County).
About the 2024 Eclipse
It's a solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, a Monday. This is considered a special planned event. Learn more about Eclipse America 2024 with the American Astronomical Society.
Important times for the Solar Eclipse in Cattaraugus County are from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Maps of 2024 Solar Eclipse
- See the map and animated map of the eclipse path through New York State on Eclipse2024.org
- See an animated map of the Moon's Shadow on GreatAmericanEclipse.com
- Interactive Google Map of the 2024 Solar Eclipse (Google Chrome is recommended
History of US Total Eclipses
A fun, safe eclipse for the residents and visitors of the Enchanted Mountains.
What do we expect at the moment? We expect to have an influx of visitors to Western New York State to view the solar eclipse.
For the solar eclipse, we have to plan how we want to:
- communicate and educate residents and visitors
- handle a surge of visitors and traffic
- promote places to watch
- handle the weather as it will either be snowy or muddy
Create a working group, create a plan with goals and implement it.
Recommendations for the Group
Any individual interested in planning for the eclipse is welcome to participate in the group.
We are also looking for:
- astronomers / members of local astronomical association
- people in tourism, marketing and communications
- municipal officials
- transportation officials (Local, County Dept. of Public Works, State and Federal)
- Photographers and Videographers
Did You Know?
- Within the "path of totality" there is a short period of time that you may take off your safety glasses and look directly at the total solar eclipse. Outside the path of totality, you will not want to take off your glasses.
- The City of Olean is outside of the "path of totality", Total Solar Eclipse, but would make an excellent place to stay
- Most of the Village of Allegany is inside the "path of totality" (Total Solar Eclipse)
- The closest Town in Catt. County to the center of the Solar Eclipse path is Perrysburg.
Articles & Pages To Review
Please read or skim the following articles.
- 25 tips to help you prepare for the 2024 total solar eclipse, Astronomy.com (2022-04-08), https://astronomy.com/news/observing/2022/04/25-tips-for-the-2024-total…
- PDF Community Eclipse Planning 2015, Totality in Palm Cove, Far North Queensland https://www.beingintheshadow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/White-Paper…
- © 2012, Murray Anderson-‐Clemence, Tourism Queensland https://eclipse.aas.org/sites/eclipse.aas.org/files/Russo-White-Paper-C…
- Rituals To Sprinkle A Little Magic Into Your Eclipse Experience https://www.npr.org/2017/08/17/543634260/rituals-to-sprinkle-a-little-m…
- Your next solar eclipse trip - what to know and do, Mark'sTravelNotes.com http://www.markstravelnotes.com/eclipses/how_to_plan_an_eclipse_trip/
- Plan Your Eclipse Party, NASA, https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/planning-your-eclipse-party
- Solar Eclipse Resources, HHS.gov, https://files.asprtracie.hhs.gov/documents/aspr-tracie-solar-eclipse-re…
- Solar Eclipse Tourism Impact Went Beyond the Millions of Dollars Spent, Bob Moen, Associated Press, Skift (2017-12-11)
- Solar Eclipse 2017 and the Tourism Boom in its Path, Megan Barber, Curbed.com (2017-08-09)
- Eclipse2024.org has community pages where we can make suggestions for pages ... example Salamanca, NY https://eclipse2024.org/communities/city/28972.html
There are ways to safely look at the sun; as without eye protection you can cause serious eye damage or blindness.
How to view a Solar Eclipse Safely, American Astronomical Society
Solar Glasses and Filters
See Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers, American Astronomical Society.
- Use sooty glass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaHwUAnlWPM
- Cardboard solar glasses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY5AAQLYkgw
- Solar Goggles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgpLDsfWwpg
Solar Filter for Camera / Telescope
Catt. County Office of Emergency Services (OES) will lead on emergency management.
Transportation & Traffic
Discuss traffic and transportation around Catt. County on the day of the eclipse.
Traffic Planned Special Events: Checklists for Practitioners, U.S. DOT
- Fact Sheet
- Checklist for Places that want to host watch parties (shutoff automatic lights)
- List of Places that want to host watch parties
- Create event schedule
- Identify great vantage points
- Places for photos
- Eclipse Event Page on EM (accommodations, itineraries, other things to do)
- Winter / Mud Camping
- Checklist for visitors (safety glasses, chair, winter/rain gear, what to expect)
- Timeline for planning - https://eclipse2024.org/path-north-america.html