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Frequently
Asked

Questions

1  |  Do I really need eclipse glasses?

A total solar eclipse is completely safe to look at only when the moon completely covers the sun.  However, you DEFINITELY need eclipse glasses before and after totality.  There is a partial eclipse while the moon begins to move in front of the sun and then again when the moon moves away from the sun.  These partial eclipses expose the sun to our eyes and are very dangerous and could cause blindness or eye injury.  The partial phases last about two and a half hours, with the safe three minutes of totality in the middle.  Totality (the time when the moon completely covers the sun) is the only time you can safely take your glasses off.

2  |  Where can I find eclipse glasses?

Eclipse glasses can always be purchased online, but make sure they are safe and approved for eclipse viewing.  Some approved glasses can be found on the American Astronomical Society's website.  You can also preorder them on our merchandise page and pick them up in Geneva when you arrive.  Shops all around Geneva will stock the glasses as well, but there are limited amounts, so preordering is a good idea.  You can purchase glasses from the Geneva BID, Vines of NY Art Gallery, Geneva Gelato, Wegmans, Walmart and Stomping Grounds.  There is a small quantity of free glasses available at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center, the library and City Hall.

3  |  Can I bring my pet with me?

Featured pet-friendly businesses are listed here:

  • Vines of New York Art Gallery

  • 41 Lakefront Hotel

  • Geneva Bark Park (Outdoor free dog park on Exchange St.)

  • Look for this symbol to find more pet friendly businesses.


4  |  How can I get involved?

Simply email info.eclipsegeneva@gmail.com about involvement, sponsorship or volunteering.  For more information, see our Join Us page.

5  |  Where can I stay in Geneva?

On our festival information page under lodging, you will find a list of lodging options, including hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds, RV parks, vacation rentals and non-traditional housing options as well.

6  |  How do I sign up for events?

Simply choose those you'd like to be a part of from the events page and contact the business or organization listed under each.  There are no group packages to sign up for multiple events.  However, some hotels are offering eclipse packages, such as 41 Lakefront and The Fairfield Inn.  If you need assistance with a general itinerary or have any questions, email info.eclipsegeneva@gmail.com.

7  |  What if I have an emergency during the eclipse?

Geneva General Hospital has an emergency room and we have police and paramedics on site the day of the eclipse.  There is also an urgent care.  If you have a vet emergency outside of business hours, the closest emergency vets are in Ithaca and Rochester.  More information can be found on the Events & Info tab under "Basic Needs."  We are a small, friendly town, so don't be afraid to ask if you need something.

8  |  Can I film the eclipse?

Phones, video cameras, and telescopes cannot capture the eclipse unless they have special filters.  This protects the phone and will reveal a beautiful image.  Solar filters are available online for professional photography, but Solar Snap offers a filter specifically made for cellphones, the most common mode of photography used today.

9  |  ​Where can I get more local information & to get involved?

If you would like to be involved in the eclipse, you can request access to our stakeholder website.  You can request a login at www.eclipseweb.org under the Geneva, NY category. If you would like your business listed on this site, send all information and pictures to info.eclipsegeneva.com.  Email us if you would like to volunteer.

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LEARN MORE WITH THESE LINKS AND VIDEOS:

The American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force has produced a series of two dozen short videos that address popular topics for the upcoming Great North American Eclipse on April 8, 2024. They are available for use both on social media and also by traditional media building stories in the lead-up to April 8. The downloadable videos are compiled here:

 

https://eclipse2024resources.com/social-media-videos

 

Video categories:

  • Eclipse glasses and safety

  • Why go to the path of totality?

  • Advice for the day of the eclipse

  • Eclipse basics

  • The eclipse experience

  • Advice for communities

 

Each of the short videos is about 30 seconds to 1 minute; you’ll see a list of them at the top of that page and then the videos themselves, with descriptive copy, in the lower half of the page. Each has a link to a vertical YouTube Short (suitable for Instagram & Twitter), a horizontal Facebook version easy to share on FB, and a horizontal version on Vimeo that can be downloaded and used in broadcast media.

 

Eclipse glasses and safety

 

When to wear eclipse glasses and when to take them off: Dr. Rick Fienberg

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Where to get eclipse glasses in the few weeks leading up to April 8: Debra Ross

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo 

 

Why go to the path of totality?

 

Do you need to know the science to appreciate the eclipse?: Dr. Tyler Nordgren

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo 

 

It's all about the LIGHT: Why you must get FULLY into the path of totality: Dr. Angela Speck

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Why are solar eclipses like the Grateful Dead?: Vivian White

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Why make an effort to get into the path of totality?: Dawn Davies

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Why a solar eclipse is totally EYE-OPENING: Bob Baer

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Sunny day solar eclipses vs. cloudy day solar eclipses: Debra Ross

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Advice for the Day of the Eclipse

 

Making Eclipse Backup Plans: Vivian White

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

What to do DURING an eclipse: Dr. Trae Winter

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Flexibility and Sun-chasing: Eclipse advice for April 8: Michelle Nichols

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo 

 

What will the traffic be like post-eclipse?: Polly White

Link on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo 

 

Eclipse Basics

 

What is an eclipse? - The psychology: Dr. Kate Russo

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

What is an eclipse? - The science: Michelle Nichols

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

How does an eclipse happen?: Dr. Trae Winter

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

How long is the April 8 eclipse from start to finish?: Debra Ross

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

What happens to pets during an eclipse?: Debra Ross

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

How does the light around you change during a total solar eclipse?: Debra Ross

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

The Eclipse Experience

 

Eye Safety and Weather: Dan McGlaun

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Eclipse Stories: Dan McGlaun

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Advice for Communities

 

Advice for communities in the path of totality: Derrick Pitts

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

Advice for eclipse event organizers: Dawn Davies

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo

 

What businesses should and should not do for the eclipse: Dr. Tyler Nordgren

Link on YouTubeLink on FacebookDownload or embed from Vimeo 

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