Solar Eclipse: April 8, 2024

Countdown to Eclipse:

A total solar eclipse will be visible in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, April 8, 2024!

On this day, the Moon will  pass in front of the Sun and plunge Toledo into darkness for one to two minutes. The last total solar eclipse visible in Toledo was in 1806 and the next one won't be visible in Toledo until 2099.

come join us on main campus and in the Glass Bowl 
For UToledo's Total Solar Eclipse Viewing event!

Monday, April 8, 2024 | noon-6 p.m. 

This family-friendly event at UToledo will include educational information and activities, demonstrations, music, food trucks and concessions, fun on Centennial Mall and much more! (Full agenda and list of activities will be available soon.)

Free solar eclipse glasses will be provided at UToledo on the day of the event for safe viewing (while supplies last).

Free and open to the public!

Eclipse Education Event with Guest Lecturer: "Mr. Eclipse" - March 12, 2024

Join us for the Doermann Lecture on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, to hear from guest lecturer Fred Espenak, "Mr. Eclipse", a retired NASA astronomer and the agency's leading expert on eclipses, for an exciting talk, "Experiencing Totality: The Great Total Eclipse of 2024" and learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime event! 

NOTE: Parking for the Doermann Lecture will be free in Lot 1N from 5:30pm-9pm. Additional Doermann Lecture information.

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Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse:

Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.

Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury (NASA)


What is a total solar eclipse?

Eclipses happen when the Moon crosses between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. When viewing the eclipse from a location where the shadow of the Moon completely covers the Sun — the path of totality — you will see a total solar eclipse. In 2024, the path of totality will stretch from Texas to Maine. Most of the United States will be able to see at least a partial eclipse. 

Last Updated: 2/14/24