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2024 solar eclipse: Basics

Information about the annular eclipse including how to safely view the event

What is a total eclipse?


What is a total eclipse?

Moon's shadow on the Earth during an eclipse

"On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.

Safety is the number one priority when viewing a total solar eclipse. Be sure you're familiar with when you need to wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing by reviewing these safety guidelines."

Immerse yourself in the eclipse experience.

Sumérgete en la experiencia del eclipse.

When Can I see it?

Go to to find when the eclipse will begin in your area.


Todo sobre la protección ocular                   All About Eye Protection 


Spot the Sun
Safely view our nearest star.

Observa el Sol
Observa nuestra estrella más cercana de manera segura.

Ring of Fire

To celebrate the special role of eclipses in connecting art and science, creatives across NASA will be sharing their eclipse-inspired artwork in anticipation of two solar eclipses that will cross the United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. This poster was created by Tyler Nordgren.]

Learn more and download this poster here.

Where to view the eclipse?

In the afternoon of April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North and Central America creating a path of totality. This will miss New Mexico as the path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. There is a map from NASA showing the path and the times.

Below is a portion of a map published by NASA, click here for the website where you can download the full map.


Modeling Meaningful Eclipses
Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. This method uses 3 steps that allow learners to engage, explore, and make meaning.

Eclipse Chalk Art
The Sun’s corona (Latin for "crown") is the outermost part of its atmosphere. It is a jacket of extremely hot gases that reaches far into space. The magnetic energy and heat on the surface of the Sun makes it an incredibly active place. From the corona comes the solar wind that travels through our solar system.