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2024 Solar Eclipse

FAQ’s and Additional Resources

Solar Eclipse Timer App:

  • Walks you through the timing of the eclipse including totality, announces changes to the Sun in real time. Uses location data for accuracy.

Q: How far do I have to travel to see the total solar eclipse?
A: If you are within the Greater Cincinnati area, you would only need to travel about 45 minutes north to be within the path of totality.

Q: If I live within the path of totality, do I need to go someplace special?
A: No! If you are within the path of totality, you can view the solar eclipse from home with safe solar viewing equipment.

Q: Can I still view the solar eclipse if it is cloudy?
A: While we are hoping for clear skies, the weather can be very unpredictable. If it is cloudy or overcast in your area on the day of the eclipse, it will not be viewable. However, live streams of the event can be accessed through some of the linked websites on this page.

Q: I do not live within the path of totality but I am planning to travel to it, when should I start planning my trip?
A: As soon as possible! Pick a destination, book your hotels if needed and plan an itinerary for the day, and of course always have a rain plan or a backup destination in case the weather is inclement.

Q: Do I have to attend a special program to view the eclipse?
A: While public programs are a good way to learn more about the eclipse and meet other fellow eclipse viewers, you do not need to attend one in order to experience the eclipse. It can be viewed from any location, including public parking lots and even roadside! Just please be sure you are in a safe spot for viewing.

Q: How can I view the eclipse safely?
A: Please refer to the section “Safe Solar Viewing and Photography.” Do not attempt to view the solar eclipse without some sort of protection for your eyes, there are a number of different ways you can view safely without causing significant damage to your eyes.

Q: What programs can I attend locally on the day of the eclipse?
A: We will be posting a list of organizations close by hosting special programs on the day of the eclipse, keep checking this page as Eclipse Day gets closer.

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