DEDICATED TO THE SAFE OBSERVATION OF
THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF APRIL 8, 2024!
years months days
until ECLIPSE DAY!
 
DEDICATED TO THE SAFE OBSERVATION OF THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OF APRIL 8, 2024!
years months days
until ECLIPSE DAY!
 
 
Another TOTAL ECLIPSE
is coming to
North America!

It’s the Great North American Eclipse!
...and we want everyone to see it!
 
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with all the rules and protocols for eye safety when observing any solar phenomenon.
 
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The world is coming to North America to see an eclipse!

How do I take pictures of the eclipse?

We have a page dedicated to eclipse photography, and you can get lots more information both there and on our eclipse links page.  The bottom line is: Unless you have special solar filters for your camera and telescope, you can't even set up for pictures like this - the heat of the sun will melt your lenses (not to mention your eyes)! If you want to pull out a point...

Should I take my kids out of school to see the total eclipse?

Many schools are going to be in session on April 8, and if your kid goes to one that is NOT in the path, you might want to think about taking them out of school to see totality. Not sure that you want to do that?  We understand.  But consider this personal message, from the webmaster of eclipse2024.org: I am not a teacher, though I hold a High School Math...

What will the eclipse be like in (any location not in the path)?

We had a question about where the best viewing location would be in Hawaii.  But Hawaii is not in the path of totality, so from there one will only see a partial eclipse.  This means they have to use eye protection for the whole eclipse.  For the partial eclipse in Hawaii, pretty much anywhere is as good as anyplace else, as long as the weather is good. And that goes...

Can I bring my pets to watch the eclipse?

NO! Animals will be scared senseless by the eclipse, and you will want to be enjoying it instead of trying to calm your crazed critters. Everyone around you will not want to be bothered by your animals either, so please leave them at home. Again, you have to take the word of people who have seen many of these - the dogs and cats will NOT like it! In fact,...

Can’t I just drive to somewhere in the path, get out and watch the eclipse wherever I end up?

Technically, you'll be able to see totality from anywhere in the path. The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer totality will be for you. If this is your first eclipse, it would be a good plan to try and get as close to that centerline (The blue line on the map above) as possible. However, you should also be respectful of where you choose to...

How fast is the shadow moving across the continent during the eclipse?

A great question! The Moon does indeed "carry" its shadow along with it, as it moves in its orbit around the Earth. And whenever that shadow happens to scrape across the Earth, we have a total eclipse!  (Of course, you have to be in the Path of Totality to see the total eclipse, and you have to use eye protection whenever the eclipse is not total - regardless of whether...

Can I use a telescope to watch the eclipse?

ONLY if you have a special solar filter that fits over the end of the scope (not at the eyepiece!), AND you know how to use it! Those are about $200 each, so you should know whether you have one or not! Ditto for binoculars - if you bring them, you can ONLY use them during the brief period of totality. You CANNOT look directly at the Sun in any...

Can’t I just watch the eclipse on TV?

You sure can - the same way you can watch a wonderful meal being eaten on TV, a live shot of a huge pile of hundred-dollar bills on TV, or a guy having a great date with a wonderful woman - on TV. It's not the same as being there by a long shot! Most eclipse pictures: Nice, but not really the same as being there! You cannot rely on...

Why does the eclipse go from West to East across the continent?

  The Sun and Moon both appear to "rise" in the east, and "set" in the west.  But as you can see in our video of the Moon's shadow sweeping across the USA for the 2017 eclipse, you see that the shadow plainly traveled from west to east across the country! This is a very good question, because it shows how solar eclipses take us out of our normal experience....

How do I look at the Sun without going blind?

This is a biggie. You CANNOT look at the Sun while ANY PART of its bright disk is still visible. The moon does cover quite a bit of it during the partial phases leading up to totality, but you HAVE to use special solar viewing glasses (also called "eclipse glasses") to look at it during the partial phases. You MUST use these glasses to look at the sun during this...