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Where to watch the eclipse in Western New York

In Buffalo, the partial eclipse will begin at 1:11 p.m. today as the moon begins to cross in front of the sun.

It will reach its maximum -- about 72 percent -- eclipse at 2:34 p.m., and will end at 3:51 p.m.

For those who aren't making the journey into the path of totality, there are still several eclipse-related events that will be held around Western New York.

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Those include:

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve in Blasdell, which will host a public viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. on its 54-acre site. Organizers promise extra telescopes, hands-on astronomy activities and free solar viewing glasses to the first 1,000 guests.

• The Buffalo Museum of Science will collaborate with the Buffalo Eclipse Consortium to host a free viewing party for the public in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Solar-viewing glasses, an eclipse guide and space-themed activities will be provided from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum also plans to open its new "Buffalo in Space" science studio to coincide with the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse. The exhibit will be open during museum hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with paid admission.

• SUNY Buffalo State’s Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is hosting a free event from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to safely view the eclipse through telescopes with solar filters and special eclipse glasses. There will also be all-ages astronomy activities and food trucks.

• The Buffalo Astronomical Association will host viewing events for the public at Calvin E. Krueger Park on Route 18 in the village of Wilson and at Wilkeson Pointe on the Outer Harbor. Special solar viewing equipment will be available and association members will be on hand to provide informative discussion about the partial eclipse.

The Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will hold a free pre-event, Eclipse-O-Rama!, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 to celebrate Monday's eclipse. There will be information about the eclipse and other space facts at the all-ages event as well as demonstrations, displays and make-it-yourself eclipse-related activities. Then, on the 21st, there will be a viewing party on the front ramp of the downtown library on Washington Street from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a NASA's live stream video presentation of the eclipse.

Of course, you can also always watch it from your own special place like Niagara Falls, a Transit Road shopping center or your backyard.

Just make sure your eyes are protected by special glasses for solar viewing.

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