Eclipse Viewing Event

On January 24, 1925, Auburn witnessed a total solar eclipse, which for many was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This rare astronomical phenomena attracted the attention of local scientist Theodore Case. Ted and members of his lab worked with the Colby Radio Research Lab while observing, documenting, and even filming the solar eclipse from the roof of the Masonic Temple in Auburn.
On April 8, 2024, Auburn will again experience a total solar eclipse. Join the Cayuga Museum for a unique viewing experience on the roof of the iconic Phoenix Building, right next to where Case recorded the eclipse in 1925, and one of the highest points in the city.
12 pm – meet at Phoenix Building, lunch provided
12:30 pm – Presentation by Cayuga Museum staff: history of solar eclipses, the Case Research Lab, and more
1 – 2 pm – Behind the scenes tour of Phoenix Building with owner Andrew Simkin
2 – 3 pm – Tour of clock tower and roof, prepare for eclipse
Eclipse: The total solar eclipse visits New York beginning at 3:16 pm with the final exit of the Moon’s shadow from the state at 3:29 pm. Through New York, the speed of the Moon’s shadow will accelerate from about 2210 miles per hour to about 2735 miles per hour.
After eclipse | Approximately 4 pm – Reception at Cayuga Museum, tour of Case Research Lab (optional)
This experience is $250 per person, including meals, special presentations, access to an exclusive tour of the Phoenix Building, exclusive viewing access from the Phoenix Building roof, a private reception, and a unique experience for this once in a lifetime event!
Reservations required as capacity is limited to 10 guests.
Safety and accessibility information:
The roof of the Phoenix Building is accessible through the clock tower, which requires walking up multiple flights of stairs in a small space. Flat shoes are required, rubber soles or sneakers are ideal. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided.
This event is rain or shine, and reservations are non-refundable. See more information about the Solar Eclipse Weekend programs.


Apr 08 2024


12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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