Message from the President

The April 8th, 2024 total eclipse is not to be missed, raincheck not until 2079!

For New Yorkers, the April 8, 2024, solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event — it’s the first total eclipse visible in the state in 99 years.  This rare phenomenon offers an exclusive opportunity for us to witness the day turn to twilight as the moon completely obscures the sun.  (Above is the Eclipse of August 11, 1999, as seen from France.)


If you miss this one, the wait will be long; the next total solar eclipse to touch North America won’t occur until March 30, 2033, and even then, it will only be visible in Alaska, with potential weather constraints impacting visibility. And if you really just want to wait around for the next one that will come to New York then you’ll have to wait until 2070!. Given the rarity of this event, those who can, should seize the chance to experience the totality’s brief, sublime darkness when the skies clear on April 8. It’s a celestial spectacle that shouldn’t be passed up, as it connects us in a tangible way to the broader universe.  

For those eager to experience the full glory of totality, the eclipse will provide an unforgettable sight, with durations of darkness varying by location. Detailed maps have been created to help eclipse chasers find the best viewing spots. These resources show precise times for the greatest eclipse and the degree of partial eclipse visible outside the path of totality. The eclipse’s path will pass through major US cities, offering a rare opportunity for millions to witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring events right from their backyards.

This total solar eclipse offers an exceptional opportunity for scientific observation and photography. It’s a call to all to step outside, equipped with solar viewing glasses, and look up in wonder. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a casual stargazer, this event is a reminder of the cosmic dance between celestial bodies. Prepare to be enchanted by the profound beauty of the cosmos!

Alfredo Viegas is the President of AAA and he previously served as our Chairman of the Board.  He has a Master’s in Astronomy and has had a lifelong love of Astronomy since childhood.  He works in finance in New York City.

< MAP > from NASA   –     so public domain