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A look into the future: Total Eclipse of the Port 

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A once in a lifetime event will find its way to Brockport next year. On Apr. 8, 2024, Brockport will be in the “Path of Totality” for a total solar eclipse- the first to cross the nation in 7 years, and the first to cross this region since 1925, with the next time being 2144.  

At Brockport, the eclipse begins at 2:07 pm, when the moon begins to move over the sun. Totality will begin just before 3:20 pm and lasts 3 minutes and 43 seconds. Then, the moon begins to uncover the sun, and the eclipse ends just after 4:33 pm.   

Brockport’s location in the path means we will experience the eclipse for a longer duration than others further from the center, therefore we will view it for 5 seconds longer than those in Rochester. The area is expecting a large number of visitors, enlisting in significant traffic issues. As stated in an email sent by President Macpherson, the school has had conversations with state and local officials on ways to alleviate concerns. All Monroe County and surrounding school districts have decided to extend April breaks to have schools closed on Apr. 8.  

Brockport is proposing to make that Monday a remote work day for the campus. The eclipse would also disrupt the scheduled Scholars Day 2023, thus it will be moved to a Tuesday or Thursday in March or April to ensure another Monday/Wednesday/Friday day will not be obstructed. Further details will be provided in the coming months.    

Official artwork and merchandise is already in the works, such as by Ithaca artist and astronomer Tyler Nordgern. The Rochester Eclipse Task Force is sponsoring a 30-day traveling poster exhibit. Brockport’s own Tower Fine Arts is expected to host the exhibit in February 2024.  

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