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Yes, the path of darkness with eclipse has shifted north…a smidge

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In the last couple of days, we have gotten word of a change to the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse April 8. It will take a few communities in Central New York that thought they would be in totality out.

Why the change?

Astronomers have discovered that the sun is slightly bigger than the size that has been accepted by scientists since the late 1800s.

This means the southern edge to totality which cuts across Central New York will be 2,000 feet farther north than previously thought. Not a big change but a couple communities that were previously thought to be in totality are not. They include:

Marietta
Navarino
Owasco
More of downtown Rome (it was already cut in half)
Dresden
Southern half of Penn Yan

The southern part of the Town of DeWitt is now out of totality including parts of Maple Drive and Woodchuck Hill Road with the southern edge passing across Lyndon Corners.

The new update takes Nedrow and Fayetteville out of totality but earlier this year the Storm Team had consulted maps that had those two towns out of totality and this new shift makes it more definitive.

A large chunk of the change includes rural areas of Central New York.

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