Solar Eclipse 2024: Introduction

Use this guide to learn more about the 2024 Solar Eclipse visable from Ohio!

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting the moon's shadow on Earth. This only happens occasionally, because the moon doesn't orbit in the exact same plane as the Sun and Earth do. Two things need to occur at once for you to see a solar eclipse: the Sun, moon, and Earth need to be in a straight line, with the moon between the Sun and Earth; and you need to be standing in the correct spot on Earth.

Source: Exploratorium

The 2024 Solar Eclipse took place on Monday, April 8th, 2024. Although the 2024 eclipse is over, you can still use this guide to learn more about eclipses, how to prepare for any upcoming solar eclipses, and to discover additional readings about eclipses, the solar system, and astronomy! 

Did You Know?

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in Ohio was in 1806, and the next time a total solar eclipse will be visible in Ohio is in the year 2099!

Fun Fact!

When a solar eclipse reaches totality, nocturnal wildlife sometimes wakes up, thinking that it’s nighttime, and non-nocturnal wildlife might think it’s time to head to sleep!

Source: Ohio Emergency Management Agency

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