Where to Watch the Eclipse in Western New York

In the animation from which this still was taken, the Earth, moon, sun, and shadow cones are viewed through a telescopic lens on a virtual camera located far behind the Earth. The moon’s umbra cone is roughly 30 Earth diameters long, barely enough to reach the Earth, while the sun is almost 400 times farther away. (NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

For those who aren’t making the journey into the path of totality, there are still several eclipse-related events that will be held around Western New York.

Those include:

• Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve in Blasdell, which will host a public viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. on its 54-acre site.

• The Buffalo Museum of Science will collaborate with the Buffalo Eclipse Consortium to host a free viewing party for the public in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

• SUNY Buffalo State’s Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is hosting a free event from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

• The Buffalo Astronomical Association will host viewing events for the public at Calvin E. Krueger Park on Route 18 in the village of Wilson and at Wilkeson Pointe on the Outer Harbor.

• The Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will hold a free pre-event, Eclipse-O-Rama!, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 to celebrate Monday’s eclipse.
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