Published on: December 8, 2022

Plan now for the Great American Eclipse

Lake Placid – April 8, 2024 is a noteworthy date, especially if you live in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York.

On that date, we will witness a total solar eclipse, considered the rarest of scientific phenomena. Observers in and around the Lake Placid region will be well-positioned to observe a possibly once-in-a-lifetime happening.

According to the National Weather Service, it will be a total solar eclipse because the moon will totally obscure the sun’s disk, producing the beautiful solar corona ejecting outward from the sun.

Those who follow The Great American Eclipse know how popular the event has become. It is anticipated to be the biggest travel period of the year. Imagine a travel event more impactful than Thanksgiving. Some experts are even indicating that it could be the biggest in U.S. travel history.

The path of the eclipse runs from Northern Mexico and Texas to New England and the North Atlantic states. Closer to home here in Lake Placid, expect the path to bring the close-up viewing to Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Plattsburgh and Burlington. The central duration of the eclipse in Lake Placid is predicted to be three minutes, 21 seconds.

Map of eclipse path
The path of the total solar eclipse runs from Mexico to eastern Canada

It is very important to note that eye protection is crucial. Observing the eclipse with the naked eye can lead to permanent damage so please use appropriate care with approved solar filters. If you prefer the homemade variety, cut a pinhole in a shoe box. The NWS says, β€œthe only portion of a solar eclipse which is safe to view without filters is the brief time during totality.”

In the U.S., totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT, according to GreatAmericanEclipse.com.

If visitors to the region decide to stay at the Mirror Lake Inn, we will provide those protective glasses as part of a two-night total solar eclipse package which also includes daily breakfast and a $50 nightly resort credit per night.

Based on sky conditions that day, you can use the Mirror Lake Inn as your headquarters as you move about the area.

Typically, April can be quiet around the Northern Adirondacks as we start losing snow and ice, and activities wind down for the winter season. But in 2024, we can now rest assured that the early stages of that month will eclipse anything comparable that may have preceded it.

Cover photo courtesy Sky and Telescope
Eclipse path courtesy Great American Eclipse