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Watching the Skies with Brad Klein: April 15-21 – The Eclipse from Tupper Lake, NY

Watching the skies with Brad Klein

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — WLVR’s Brad Klein reviews the week’s astronomical highlights with Bethlehem’s ‘Backyard Astronomy Guy,’ Marty McGuire. This week, Brad and Marty spoke by phone to discuss the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024.

Marty traveled to Tupper Lake, New York to observe the eclipse within the path of 100% totality.

Totality in Tupper Lake, NY.
Marty McGuire
The total solar eclipse as seen from Tupper Lake, NY.

He stationed himself at a solar eclipse viewing festival called “Totality in Tupper.” There, he set up his cameras and telescope and hoped for clear skies. And he was rewarded with clear views of the eclipse, in a location where totality lasted over three minutes. Surrounded by astronomers and attendees, Marty said he felt raw emotions as the moon fully covered the sun.

“There are few words to adequately describe what a total solar eclipse feels like,” McGuire said.

Leading up to the eclipse, Marty had been carefully watching weather forecasts daily.

Solar prominence
Christine Dempsey
A solar prominence, a plasma and magnetic structure, rises from the Sun’s surface during the eclipse.

His plan was to start in Western Pennsylvania and find the likeliest place for clear skies. The Adirondack Mountains proved to be a perfect viewing location, McGuire said.

Back in Bethlehem, Brad watched from Payrow Plaza. Although cloud coverage in the Lehigh Valley was considerable, moments throughout the eclipse were clearly visible between or through the cloud cover. But this did not dim the spirit of over one hundred observers gathered near Bethlehem Town Hall, according to Brad Klein.

Brad and Marty Eclipse
Christine Dempsey
WLVR’s Brad Klein, left, and ‘Backyard Astronomy Guy’, Marty McGuireBrad at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

“By the peak eclipse moment, we probably had 85 to 95% cloud cover, but we still enjoyed seeing [the eclipse] peek out from among the clouds.”