Let There Be Dark: Solar Day at Wells

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Join us for Solar Day, a series of eclipse-themed activities to excite our community and experience the total solar eclipse that will be visible in the Central New York region on April 8. All events are free and open to the public. Special solar viewing glasses will be provided. For accommodations, contact James Miranda at

10 a.m. - Literary Eclipse 

Join English faculty and students on Main Lawn for a festival of poetry, spoken word, and creative writing in response to this historic event. 

12 p.m. - Swallow the Sun Taco Bar 

Come to the Dining Hall courtyard to print your own eclipse-themed tortillas using edible inks. Load it up with taco fillings for an interplanetary lunch. 

12:30 p.m. - Totality with the Haudenosaunee at the Cayuga SHARE Farm 

The Haudenosaunee trace the origin of their federation to a solar eclipse nearly 1,000 years ago. Stop by to see Mohawk Chief Tom Porter ("Sakokwenionkwas," The One Who Wins) at this complementary presentation and stay throughout the eclipse. The Cayuga SHARE Farm is located at 4061 Truesdale Road, Union Springs, New York. 

1 p.m. - Let There Be Dark: The Science of Eclipses 

Listen to a lecture on eclipses in Stratton 209 with Professor Scott Heinekamp. 

1:30 p.m. - Wonder Turner! Ring of Fire!  

Visit the Book Arts Center in Morgan Hall to make your own Ring of Fire thaumatrope, a two-sided print representing the sun and the moon, as the images create an optical illusion to visually re-enact the eclipse.  

1:30 p.m. - Total Eclipse of The Arts  

Gather on Main Lawn and have fun with music, arts, cookie decorating, and other outdoor activities before the eclipse.  

2:15 p.m. - Eclipse Begins  

3:22 p.m. - Moment of Near-Totality Begins 

Aurora is just south of the path of totality. Relax on Main Lawn to view the experience. 


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April 8 10:00 am


April 8 4:00 pm


170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

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