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The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Map from NASA

A solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. This happens when the moon lines up with the sun and blocks its light. Only some areas in the United States will be in the path of totality (100% total eclipse). This path will reach the USA starting in Texas and following through to Maine. Check the map below to see those areas and the times it will occur.

If you are not in that path (including us in Duluth, MN), we will see a partial eclipse. In these areas, you will need to have eye protection to avoid causing permanent damage from viewing the eclipse. It is recommended to watch it indirectly, by projecting the image onto the ground.

Demonstrating how to see the solar eclipse without staring directly at the skyYou can purchase solar glasses, but beware of what you purchase online. Here is a link to a website approved by the American Academy of Ophthalmology: Eclipse Eyewear.

If you plan on purchasing them yourself, NASA recommends glasses or welder’s goggles rated 14 or higher, or ISO 12312-2 compliant. They cannot have any defects and have to be worn snugly around your eyes. Sunglasses do not count as eye protection!!! The only time you can view the eclipse without glasses is during the 3 to 4 minutes of total eclipse. We are not in the path, so please wear eye protection. 

The partial eclipse in Duluth, MN will begin around 12:53 PM with the mid eclipse around 2:05 PM. 

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