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Map of the Maine area, showing the path of totality in gray

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The Total Eclipse of April 8, 2024

Another total solar eclipse is coming to North America! This time, totality will also pass over Mexico and Canada – giving people all over North America another chance to experience this great celestial event.

In order to see totality, you have to be in the path of totality. If you aren’t in that path, you’ll only see a partial eclipse. You can learn more about those details with our simple eclipse viewing instructions guide.

This blog post will tell you about the 2024 eclipse as seen from Maine. Please check out all the links we’ve provided below to learn more about the 2024 total solar eclipse from other locations.

This blog post will tell you about the 2024 eclipse as seen from Maine. Please check out all the links we’ve provided below to learn more about the 2024 total solar eclipse from other locations.

The Total Eclipse of April 8, 2024 in Maine

Much of Maine lies squarely in the path of totality, and will be a great place to watch the eclipse from – weather permitting! It is very important you know where the path is, to help you plan your eclipse-day viewing. The map shows you all you need to know, but we’ll give a few highlights below.

Where can I see the total eclipse?

The path travels from west to east through the state, with a slight northeasterly tilt. Most of the roads in the path are north-south. This means you really have to watch the weather and plan which locations you’re going to prioritize, because it’ll be very tough to get from one to the other on eclipse day!

The centerline crosses US201 just a couple of miles north of Jackman, and this location will get you almost three and a half minutes of totality. If you choose this road to use, and you have to escape weather, your options lie to the south. Solon is right on the edge of the path, so you don’t want to be south of there!

If you head up I-95, then you have a lot of good options for viewing the eclipse. The southern edge of the path lies just north of Howland, and you’ll want to be north of there. Millinocket gets just under three minutes of totality. Stacyville sees about 3m15s, and Patten gets about seven more seconds than that. Ditto for Oakfield, because at this point I-95 is basically running parallel to the path.

Houlton is really well-placed, getting 3m20s of shadow time. Here, the centerline is only about eight miles north of town on US1, and your extra totality on centerline here would amount to an extra second and a half.

Farther north on US1, Bridgewater gets 3m16s, while Mars Hill and Westfield lie above the three-minute mark. Presque Isle gets 2m48s of totality, and Caribou sees 2m10s. North of there, and you’ll be out of the path entirely within about 10 miles.

Heading south on 11 from Fort Kent, the first good viewing spot is around Portage Lake. The little walking pier (and the whole town!) sees about 2m9s of totality. Ashland gets 2m40s, and the centerline is about 4 miles south of the intersection with road 212. At that intersection, you’re up to about 3m20s in the shadow!

Anywhere in the region, road conditions need to be kept firmly in mind this time of year, and you’ll need to use your knowledge of the local area to determine the safest routes for you to get north into the path.


What will I see on eclipse day?

Please note that the big locations of Bangor, Portland, Augusta, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Farmington are not in the path! You will need to be north of these places on eclipse day to see totality. People who are in towns like these will see a very deep partial eclipse, with sky darkening and possibly some interesting edge effects. But there will be no corona, no totality, and no dramatic moments on eclipse day. You’ll need to use your eclipse glasses for the entire event, where just up the road folks are enjoying totality. It’s true that “close” just isn’t close enough when it comes to totality!

It’s certainly true that any type of eclipse is an exciting event, but we’d like to encourage you to make it into the path if at all possible on eclipse day. What you’ll see there (vs. back home outside the path) will be literally the difference between night and day!

Check out our blog posts for Boston, Barre, Bangor, Vermont, New Hampshire and even Fredericton to get more info on viewing details for those areas.

Order eclipse glasses! If the Sun is not COMPLETELY eclipsed you MUST always use ISO-certified eye protection ("eclipse glasses") to watch the eclipse. That means that, even if these things are going on around you, if you’re not in the path you won’t be able to see most of them. It will be best for you to get as far north and west as possible, to make sure you’re in the path and will be able to see totality.

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When will the eclipse happen?


Eclipse day is April 8, 2024
Eclipse day is April 8, 2024!

Whatever the eclipse brings to the area, it will be most interesting as the shadow passes by – in the northern part of the state, remember.

This will happen just after 3:30pm EDT.

The eclipse happens at different times in different locations. Use the slider on the map above to show you when totality will happen as the eclipse passes through Maine.

Use ISO-certified eye protection during the partial phases

Always remember the rule for using eye protection during an eclipse: If there’s ANY bright part of the Sun showing, then you have to use your eclipse glasses to watch the event.

That means if you can see anything at all of the Sun through the glasses, then the Sun is too bright and you have to leave the glasses on! If you can see absolutely NO piece of the Sun through the eclipse glasses, then it’s safe to take them off. But the second any bright part of the Sun becomes visible again, you have to put them back on – and this can be mere seconds after you took them off. It would be so much better for you to get into the path, and really enjoy seeing totality!


We also have an entire section of the site dedicated to providing much more detailed eclipse viewing instructions for you!

Check out the Eclipse2024.org Eclipse Simulator!


Wherever you decide to view from, be sure to plan your route carefully, and watch the weather to make sure you’ll have good skies on eclipse day. And please be sure to check out Eclipse2024.org’s eclipse simulator for any location you’d like to preview. The simulator will show you exactly what the eclipse will look like for any location you choose!

The Eclipse2024.org Eclipse Simulator

Eclipse2024.org Eclipse Simulator videos!


If you'd just like to preview the eclipse without using the simulator, we've made videos for the 2023 annular eclipse and the 2024 total eclipse as seen from over 2,000 locations! You can find them on our 2024 eclipse YouTube channel, but we've made it even easier for you - just visit our eclipse simulator video page to get started!

Eclipse2024.org's Eclipse Simulator videos

Eclipse2024.org wishes everyone CLEAR SKIES on eclipse day - April 8, 2024!

Eclipse2024.org wishes everyone CLEAR SKIES on eclipse day - April 8, 2024!

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