2024 Total Solar Eclipse

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As the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, the moon's shadow is cast upon us.

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On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible as it crosses from Texas to Maine. On average, this occurs somewhere on Earth once every 1.5 years. The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next one to pass over Ohio is predicted for 2099.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, temporarily blocking the sun and casting its shadow on Earth. The moon travels an elliptical orbit around the Earth so the distance between the two is not constant. From our perspective on earth when the moon is closer to us, it appears bigger and can block more of the sun’s light. It aligns perfectly with the sun resulting in a total solar eclipse. When the moon's orbit is further from the Earth it does not completely obscure the sun, thus an annular eclipse occurs (as seen on October 14, 2023).

It is never safe to view the sun without proper eye protection! Click How Do I View An Eclipse Safely? for info on safe viewing practices, creating homemade filters, and much more.


Where Will it be Visible?

Weather permitting, anyone located in the path of the total eclipse, from Texas to Maine, will have a chance to see the eclipse in totality. The path of totality will cross over 11 states and 27 National Park Service units, including Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. Outside the path, on-watchers will see a partial eclipse.

Can I watch it from Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial?

[This information is subject to change as April 8, 2024 approaches.] The weather in April is unpredictable. South Bass Island recorded a low temperature of 32 degrees and a high of 52 degrees on April 8, 2023. That same year the ferry transportation began in March but other years ice is still on the lake in April. The Memorial grounds are always open as is the plaza area even though weather may prohibit most outdoor activity. The visitor center wil be open at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on April 8th only. The Memorial will remain closed.
We hope to offer Ranger Talks and Junior Ranger programs thoughout the day. We will have a limited supply of Eclipse Junior Ranger Booklets and solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Area Information

For information about what will be open on island and in the area visit the sites below.
Put-in-Bay Chamber Eclipse Page
Miller Boat Line Eclipse Page
Shores & Islands Eclipse Page

What Other National Park Sites Are in the Path?

Check the operating hours and programs for these National Park Service sites in Ohio which are all in the path to observe the total eclipse. The next opportunities to experience a total solar eclipse over the United States will be in 2044 and 2045. The next one to pass over Ohio is predicted for 2099.
Illustrated map of Ohio and surrounding area; a dark band runs from the lower left to the upper right, representing the path of the moon’s shadow during the eclipse; oblong purple ovals within this band represent the moon’s shadow at particular times.
A dark band across Ohio represents the anticipated path of the moon’s shadow during the 2024 total eclipse. Times are in the purple ovals.

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