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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if it is cloudy?

The solar eclipse will still happen! Watch this video from August 21, 2017, when Homestead National Monument in Nebraska celebrated a total eclipse on a cloudy, rainy day. The event is still breathtaking.

How can I tell where the sun will be?

You can find where the sun will be located at that time and date using a sun locator app:

Android: Sun Locator Lite - you can set the time, and date, and get an augmented reality view

Apple: Solar Watch - with an app upgrade, you can set the date and get an augmented reality view

Both: PhotoPills - augmented reality app with additional map functions

Where can I get glasses?

There are many sites that sell eclipse glasses. However, you need to make sure your pair meet the requirements for ISO 12312-2:2015 certification.

A list of approved suppliers can be found at the American Astronomical Society.

What day of the week will the eclispe take place?

Monday, April 8, 2024

What is the best place to view the eclipse?

Anywhere with a clear view of the sky.

Will it be pitch dark?

No. The darkness level will be about the same as an hour after sunset. Think dusk, with the added wonder of a 360 degree sunset.

Are we in the path of totality?


Didn't we just have a total solar eclipse a few years ago?

There was a total solar eclipse in 2017. However, our area was not in the path of totality, so we only experience a partial eclispe.

Can I see the planets?

Yes! Jupiter and Venus should be easy to see.

When was the last eclipse?

2017 was a partial eclipse. The last total eclipse for our area was June 16, 1806!

Do I have to worry about my dog/cat/pet looking up?

No. Animals don't usually look at the sun.

When people drive home, should they be wearing their eclipse glasses?

No. Only wear them when looking directly at the sun.

How do I take a photo? How about with a camera?

Photos should only be taken with devices equipped with solar filters that are specifically made for that device. Do NOT use eclipse glasses or a homemade solar filter with your phone, camera, telescope, or binoculars.

It is not recomended that you take photos if this is your first time experiencing an eclipse.

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