Total Solar Eclipse 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Northeast Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse. Here is what to expect during a solar eclipse and how to safely observe it:

What is a solar eclipse?

The Moon orbits Earth approximately every 27 days. A solar eclipse is the cosmic coincidence when the Moon passes exactly between the Earth and the Sun, thereby casting a shadow onto Earth and blocking our view of the Sun. Solar eclipses happen about once every 1-2 years.

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the path of totality (or the shadow of the Moon) will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. In Northeast Ohio, we will see the Moon completely cover the Sun, revealing the Sun’s outer atmosphere otherwise known as the solar corona.

The Moon will appear to touch the edge of the Sun at 1:59 p.m., beginning the eclipse. Totality will begin seconds before 3:15 p.m. and will last 3 minutes and 40 – 50 seconds.

Eclipse

How can I safely view the total solar eclipse?

Eclipse Glasses

To safely observe the eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses or number 14 welder’s glass. Do not look at the Sun without solar viewing protection.

Do not look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses — the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is offering eclipse glasses for $5 each. Your purchase includes educational information about the eclipse:

Pinhole Projectors

Another way to view an eclipse is to use a pinhole projector, which has a small opening (for example, a hole punched in an index card) and projects an image of the Sun onto a nearby surface. With the Sun at your back, you can then safely view the projected image.

Kitchen Colander

Take your kitchen colander outdoors and observe its shadows on the ground. The circular holes of your colander will project crescent shapes onto the ground during the partial phases of a solar eclipse.

Links to more information about the total solar eclipse:

Upcoming Programs

Planetarium Show: Total Solar Eclipse

For ages 7 and up

As we prepare for a Total Solar Eclipse in Northeast Ohio, learn what an eclipse is and what you can expect to see on April 8, 2024. This program is about 25 minutes. Each ticket includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

Select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

Fee: $10/person (includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses)

Family Program: Eclipse Night

For all ages

Spend the evening getting ready for the upcoming total solar eclipse! Learn what happens during an eclipse, how to view one safely, and what to expect on April 8, 2024. Visit the planetarium and participate in hands on activities all about the sun, moon, and eclipses!

Friday, March 22
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $15/person (includes a pair of solar eclipse glasses). Children 6 months and under are free.