2024 Solar Eclipse Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to experience the 2024 total solar eclipse!

Because Syracuse fell in the path of totality, on April 8, 2024, we experienced complete darkness for about a minute, beginning around 3:23 PM. This awe-inspiring event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come together as we encourage wonder, celebrate community, and educate people of all ages about astronomy and space science. The next total eclipse in New York State will not take place until 2079.

Monday, April 8, 2024
12:00 – 4:00 PM
MOST East Lawn (museum closed) 

  • Free glasses while supplies last!
  • Tabling activities from MOST and partners like TACNY, OCM BOCES, and more
  • Food trucks
  • Outdoor restrooms

Join us at the MOST to watch this amazing sight! This event is an outdoor festival that is free and open to the public. No registration or membership is required to attend. Lawn chairs are not permitted at this event; please bring a blanket or beach towel instead!

We will have many vendors and educational partners, including programming with Dr. Lindsay Hays, Program Scientist in the Planetary Science Division (PSD) at NASA Headquarters and Deputy Program Scientist for the Astrobiology Program.

Please note: weapons, illicit drugs, tobacco/vape, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited at this event. Designated service animals are welcome, but pets should stay home!

Please reach out to estewart@most.org if you have questions about how you can get involved in the Solar Eclipse Festival at the MOST.


Viewing a Solar Eclipse Safely

Eclipse Path of Totality Map

Eclipse Activity Hub

MOST Activity Sheet: Scale Solar System Model

MOST Activity Sheet: Make a Pinhole Viewer

Transportation & Rideshare Information

To book a 30-minute Solar Eclipse Talk at your location, please contact mfagan@most.org.

Eclipse Community Kits

Pre-event Eclipse Kit registration for the general public is currently at maximum capacity and has been closed. Kits for those who have already pre-registered are ready for pick-up through Saturday, April 6, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM). Thank you to our more than 550 educators, business owners, and community members who are participating in our Community Eclipse Kit program!

2024 Solar Eclipse Planetarium Show
Watch our custom planetarium show in the National Grid ExploraDome through April 6!

Total solar eclipses are a rare and beautiful phenomena, and in this new planetarium show you will learn how eclipses happen, how to safely view one, and where the 2024 eclipse will take place. You will learn the history of eclipse watchers and how to observe safely. Show content courtesy of Rice Space Institute and Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

Run time: 24 minutes

This work is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative. For more information, visit inthepathoftotality.org.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Martin Hewitt and Katarína Óladóttir