As states throughout the country gear up for the great solar eclipse, Western New Yorkers here at home are also gearing up for the historic moment.
If you're looking for a place to enjoy the ecplipse, Buffalo State College is one place to consider. The college has been designated an official eclipse viewing location by NASA.
Starting Monday, August 21st, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium will host their free "Eclipse View and Do" party.
This free, family-friendly event features activities, food trucks, education and fun, in addition to safety materials one should have, like protective glasses, telescopes, and special binoculars.
"Looking directly at the sun can damage your eyes and do so pretty quickly so it's important to have the necessary precautions in place. We have tons of glasses to hand out until supplies last, as well as telescopes for people to get great view, " Kevin Williams, Director of the Whitworth Ferguson Planatarium said.
In the "Path of Totality," people from state-to-state will watch a 70-mile-wide total eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun.
Here in WNY, viewers will see about 72% of that eclipse, which is the moon covering about three-fourths of the sun.
For more information on Buffalo State's viewing party, visit their website.