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2024 Solar Eclipse

All about the April 8, 2024 Eclipse

Monday, April 8, 2024
Mark Your Calendar - The big eclipse is happening soon!
This is your beginner guide to observing the solar eclipse safely

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.  If the Moon covers part of the Sun, it's called a Partial Solar Eclipse - that is what occurred on October 14, 2023.  But when the Moon blocks the entire Sun (the coolest astronomical event you will ever see!) that is a Total Solar Eclipse - and that is coming April 8, 2024.

Click Here For a superbly detailed map of the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse or you can visit https://nationaleclipse.com/.

Everyone is getting excited about the April 8th Total Eclipse!. Our guide is here to help you view it safely and where to go to see it.

First and foremost, you have to have safe solar viewing equipment: NASA approved solar eclipse glasses, welder's #14 glass, or a pinhole camera. Do NOT look directly at the sun with the naked eye, sunglasses, binoculars, or a telescope without the appropriate filter. Only during totality, when the sun is completely blocked by the moon, is it safe to view the sun without proper equipment.

The Cincinnati Observatory will not be in the path of totality. We will see a partial eclipse. We are encouraging people to get within that path if they can to have the full experience. We will have 50 members of the Cincinnati Observatory Community as Eclipse Chasers, viewing the eclipse from locations all around the region. You can join them to safely view the eclipse in the path of totality. Locations will be announced in March so stay tuned!

Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse will be a once in a lifetime opportunity! We are encouraging everyone in the Cincinnati area to go ~45 minutes to totality if possible. There are many cities in the region where there will be totality. See the map below to find a specific location. The wide, dark line is the path of totality. The closer you are to the center of the line (where to times of totality are indicated), the longer you will be in totality. Here are a few suggestions for where to see totality for 3-4.5 minutes:

Ohio

  • Wapakoneta
  • Upper Sandusky
  • Versailles
  • Kenton
  • Lorain

Indiana

  • New Castle
  • Franklin
  • Bloomington

If you are already in the line of totality, good news! You can view this in your own backyard. See the safe solar viewing options above to see what will work best for you.

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