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Naples Community Eclipse Party

Join the Cumming Nature Center and the Naples Library at the Naples Community Park to watch the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.

  • Naples Community Park
    8165 State Route 245
    Naples NY 14512

  • Monday, April 8

  • 1pm-4pm

  • FREE to the public

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Join the RMSC Cumming Nature Center and the Naples Library for a Community Eclipse Party on April 8, 2024! This once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is free and open to the public.

On April 8 starting at 3:21pm, the Sun will be fully covered by the Moon for 1 minute and 45 seconds to create a Total Solar Eclipse. This natural phenomenon has not occurred in our region since 1925, and is sure to be a life-long memory for community members who attend.

We will have solar-safe viewing equipment and family-friendly activities on-site from 1pm-4pm. Attendees will enjoy…

  • Family-oriented science demonstrations and eclipse-themed activities led by the Cumming Nature Center and the Naples Library.
  • Live space-themed music from the UFOh’s
  • Food for purchase from the Naples Hotel and Roots Cafe
  • “Naples Eclipse: Past, Present, and Future”: the Naples Historical Society will create a time capsule to open at the next eclipse in 2079. You may even meet a time-traveling character from the 1925 Naples eclipse!
  • Limited free solar glasses will be available for attendees!

Participants are encouraged to bring picnic blankets & lawn chairs and stake out their viewing spot. Limited parking is available, and carpooling or walking from town is encouraged.


Eclipse TIMELINE

  • 2:06:49pm | PARTIAL ECLIPSE BEGINS
    The moment the edge of the Moon touches the edge of the Sun is called first contact. Partial eclipses can only be safely viewed through certified eclipse glasses or by using tools like colanders or telescopes with solar filters.
  • 3:21:07pm | TOTALITY BEGINS
    The moment the edge of the Moon covers all of the Sun is called second contact. During the brief period of totality it is safe to look directly at the Sun without viewing equipment.
  • 3:22:52pm | TOTALITY ENDS
    The moment the edge of the Moon exposes the Sun is called third contact. During the brief period of totality it is safe to look directly at the Sun without viewing equipment.
  • 4:33:36pm | PARTIAL ECLIPSE ENDS
    The moment the edge of the Moon leaves the edge of the Sun is called fourth contact. Partial eclipses can only be safely viewed through certified eclipse glasses or by using tools like colanders or telescopes with solar filters.

Please see the Rochester Eclipse 2024 website for more information about the eclipse itself!


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About The Event

  • Naples Community Park
    8165 State Route 245
    Naples NY 14512

  • Monday, April 8

  • 1-4pm