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Solar Eclipse Information

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse is a celestial event that occurs
when the moon passes between the sun and the earth,
casting a shadow 
that either partially or fully blocks the sun's light.
In 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible across 13 states.
Northern Ohio will be in the path of totality.
We will experience "Daytime Darkness" with the chance to observe the sun's corona. 
The darkness will be comparable to that of twilight or a half hour after sunset.
During totality, the moon blocks the sun, casting a dark shadow.
This the only time the sun’s ethereal solar corona, outer atmosphere, is visible to the naked eye.

What will I observe during the Eclipse?

During a solar eclipse, the sky darkens to a level similar to about an hour after sunset.
The temperature will drop around 10 degrees, and animals will act as if it was nightfall.
It will be eerily still, shadows will darken, and we will have the opportunity to see
shadow bands - thin, wavy lines of alternating light and dark
that can be seen moving immediately before and after totailty.

When Will the Eclipse Occur?

In Medina, the partial eclipse will begin at 1:58 pm, with the moon fully blocking the sun at 3:13 pm.
Totality will last for 3 minutes and 27 seconds, and the eclipse will end at 4:28 pm.

How Do I View the Solar Eclipse?

Looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection during a solar eclipse is unsafe, except during the brief total eclipse phase ("totality").
It's safe to look directly at the sun ONLY through special purpose solar filters like "eclipse glasses"
that comply with the transmittance requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard. 
An approved list of suppliers can be found at the American Astronomical Society.

Never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, welding helmets, or other similar items.

Tips for Scouting Viewing Locations

Find where the sun will be located at that time anddate using a sun locator app.

Plan around sightlines: Trees, buildings, construction equipment

Consider children and people sitting or using wheelchairs

Ability to get up and move

Accessibility (physical, emotional, social)

Facilities (bathrooms, food, parking, light pollution, areas for activities & photographers)

Sun locator apps:

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

This is a once in a lifetime event for the City of Medina.
Only 21 total solar eclipses have crossed the lower 48 states,
with the last total solar eclipse crossing over this part of Ohio on June 16,1806.
The next total solar eclipse in our area on September 12, 2444.

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