Solar Eclipse a "Dress Rehearsal" for 2024

Western New Yorkers hyped already for totality

Mike Baggerman
August 22, 2017 - 3:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Monday's solar eclipse was easily visible using solar glasses in Western New York, but nothing near what people in the path of totality experienced.

However, that didn't stop Western New Yorkers from enjoying the experience at Buffalo State College, Buffalo Science Museum, and other viewing parties around Western New York.

"It was very exciting to be here," Marie Battaglia from Kenmore said. "I love anything having to do with stars. It's fabulous."

Battaglia and her friend Paul Lamancusa arrived at Buffalo State around 1:30 p.m. on Monday but was unable to get any glasses. She and Paul were still able to view the eclipse by looking through a telescope and she said the eclipse was worth the hype.

NASA volunteer, Jim Zappa, was at Buffalo State during the viewing party and he explained that Monday's event was a "dress rehearsal" for the 2024 eclipse.

"(Monday's eclipse) is one of the most videotaped and recorded eclipses in human history due to the technology and due to the prominency of technology and video equipment," Zappa said.

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