2024 Solar Eclipse

Prepare for the solar eclipse of Monday, April 8, 2024.

Most of North America will see a partial solar eclipse, and a narrow swath from Texas to Maine will experience a total solar eclipse.  Make your plans now.

Links

NOTE: See PDF of this original page for substantial eclipse links
(Web host disabled "List" feature in 2020.)

Links

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Chuck's Eclipse Blog Posts

www.nightwise.org/blog/tag/solar%20eclipse

Great American Eclipse

http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com

Varied content features excellent maps by cartographer Michael Zeiler and education content by Charles Fulco.

EclipseWise

http://eclipsewise.com

Predictions for eclipses from Fred Espenak, plus the valuable Eclipse Bulletin for 2024 solar eclipse.

Interactive Google Map

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/xS E_GoogleMap3.php?Ecl=+20240408

Thorough map includes limb profile for sites along centerline to predict Balley's Beads, as well as an elevation profile to insure the sun is above the site's horizon.

Eclipsophile

http://eclipsophile.com

Climatology and weather predicitions for celestial events.

How to View the 2017 Eclipse Safely

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publ ications/Safety_508.pdf

"A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime."

Eclipses and Safety

http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

The Exploratorium has short videos about eye safety and eclipse activities.

Sun Funnel

http://www.nightwise.org/#!sun-funnel/c22y0

Make your own device for observing the sun safely for a group. Includes instructions, warnings, how-to video.

Rainbow Symphony

http://www.rainbowsymphony.com/eclipse-glasses

Safe solar eclipse glasses, eclipse viewers and solar filters that are ISO-approved. For a list of other reputable vendors, see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

iPhone App: Totality

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/totality-by-big-kid- science/id1199242023?mt=8

Simple eclipse app from Big Kid Science. Also available for Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details? id=com.germinateapps.totalityapp.

How to Photograph Eclipse

http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html

A guide from Mr. Eclipse himself, whose photos are on the USPS stamp with thermocrhromic ink.

Video: Observing the Sun Safely

https://youtu.be/4RGr9FcBrSM

An authoritative talk about eye safety by Dr. Ralph Chou; presented at University of Toronto for 2012 transit of Venus.

Eclipse2017

http://www.eclipse2017.org

Many diverse resources include "8 Seconds" essay and simulated eclipse flyover of USA.

ASP Universe in the Classroom

https://www.astrosociety.org/wp- content/uploads/2016/10/uitc93.pdf

Eclipse lessons for educators follow the dynamic NGSS-based approach to instruction.

Tyler Nordgren

http://www.tylernordgren.com

Dr. Tyler Nordgren is the artist, astronomer, and night sky ambassador of the Space Art Travel Bureau. Buy his book Sun, Moon, Earth.

Night Sky Network Outreach Resources

http://bit.ly/NSNEclipse

The NSN and Astronomical Society of the Pacific are creating and curating information for amateur astronomers and other informal educators to prepare communitites off the path of totality.

NASA: Eclipse 2017

http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

As only NASA can. Spanish version at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español.

Eclipse Podcasts

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/t-800days- until-the-eclipse/id968037305

Over 100 iTunes podcasts dedicated to the 2017 eclipse, by Michael Bakich.

American Eclipse USA

http://americaneclipseusa.com

Artist Jay Ryan explains eclipses with clear illustrations.

The Vanishing Sun : Eclipse Tales from Around the World

Multi-cultural eclipse folktales, including 11 audio recordings and one video recording which incorporated both subtitles and ASL sign interpretation. From Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Eclipse 2017: Education

https://www.facebook.com/eclipse2017/?fref=ts

Page for eclipse education on Facebook.

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Handout: View Safely

 

For a list of reputable vendors,

see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Chuck's Eclipse Blog Posts

www.nightwise.org/blog/tag/solar%20eclipse

Eclipse Weather

National Weather Service

South Bend, IN

First Contact:           

Maximum Eclipse:  

Last Contact:            

Eclipse Flyover

 

Safe Viewing Summary

Video courtesy of Exploratorium

Dr. Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium introduces four basic solar viewing techniques in video at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/video/safe-viewing-techniques.    More Exploratorium videos are here.

Future Eclipses-USA

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

From the Mr. Eclipse Eclipse Primer:

 

"The last total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S.A. occured on Feb. 26, 1979. A total solar eclipse was visible from Hawaii and Mexico on July 11, 1991. The next two total solar eclipses visible from the U.S.A. occur on Aug. 21, 2017 and Apr. 8, 2024."

Future Eclipses-Global

Future total solar eclipses are mapped by Michael Zeiler and cataloged through 2100 by Fred Espenak, including:

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Disclaimer:

Looking at the sun can be dangerous, but it can be done.  Follow the safety precautions described in these links.  I am not responsible for any injuries resulting from your observing the sun.  You are responsible for your own safety.

 

What I said in 2004 and 2012 for observing the transit of Venus.

 

And  what they said at eclipse2017.org:

http://www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2017_eye%20safety.htm.

Eye Safety

NOTE: See PDF of this original page for substantial eye safety links
(Web host disabled "List" feature in 2020.)

olar Viewer

http://richardsont.people.cofc.edu/safe_solar_folder/index.html

Two types of make-your-own projection viewers are described, a simple one costing less than $1 and a more elaborate one for under $20. From College of Charleston.

Safety Page for Transit of Venus

http://media.wix.com/ugd/4c0e6f_cd3b158c417e4fb99c9a1ad71b66d3 e8.pdf

Excerpts from my Eye Safety content for the 2012 transit of Venus, including six ways to look at the sun. Safety for 2004 transit of Venus is at http://media.wix.com/ugd/4c0e6f_06d1e629692c4fefb1edcb0 6826ae4ad.pdf

Links

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Chuck's Eclipse Blog Posts

www.nightwise.org/blog/tag/solar%20eclipse

Great American Eclipse

http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com

Varied content features excellent maps by cartographer Michael Zeiler and education content by Charles Fulco.

EclipseWise

http://eclipsewise.com

Predictions for eclipses from Fred Espenak, plus the valuable Eclipse Bulletin for 2024 solar eclipse.

Interactive Google Map

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/xS E_GoogleMap3.php?Ecl=+20240408

Thorough map includes limb profile for sites along centerline to predict Balley's Beads, as well as an elevation profile to insure the sun is above the site's horizon.

Eclipsophile

http://eclipsophile.com

Climatology and weather predicitions for celestial events.

How to View the 2017 Eclipse Safely

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publ ications/Safety_508.pdf

"A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime."

Eclipses and Safety

http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

The Exploratorium has short videos about eye safety and eclipse activities.

Sun Funnel

http://www.nightwise.org/#!sun-funnel/c22y0

Make your own device for observing the sun safely for a group. Includes instructions, warnings, how-to video.

Rainbow Symphony

http://www.rainbowsymphony.com/eclipse-glasses

Safe solar eclipse glasses, eclipse viewers and solar filters that are ISO-approved. For a list of other reputable vendors, see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

iPhone App: Totality

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/totality-by-big-kid- science/id1199242023?mt=8

Simple eclipse app from Big Kid Science. Also available for Android at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details? id=com.germinateapps.totalityapp.

How to Photograph Eclipse

http://www.mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html

A guide from Mr. Eclipse himself, whose photos are on the USPS stamp with thermocrhromic ink.

Video: Observing the Sun Safely

https://youtu.be/4RGr9FcBrSM

An authoritative talk about eye safety by Dr. Ralph Chou; presented at University of Toronto for 2012 transit of Venus.

Eclipse2017

http://www.eclipse2017.org

Many diverse resources include "8 Seconds" essay and simulated eclipse flyover of USA.

ASP Universe in the Classroom

https://www.astrosociety.org/wp- content/uploads/2016/10/uitc93.pdf

Eclipse lessons for educators follow the dynamic NGSS-based approach to instruction.

Tyler Nordgren

http://www.tylernordgren.com

Dr. Tyler Nordgren is the artist, astronomer, and night sky ambassador of the Space Art Travel Bureau. Buy his book Sun, Moon, Earth.

Night Sky Network Outreach Resources

http://bit.ly/NSNEclipse

The NSN and Astronomical Society of the Pacific are creating and curating information for amateur astronomers and other informal educators to prepare communitites off the path of totality.

NASA: Eclipse 2017

http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

As only NASA can. Spanish version at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español.

Eclipse Podcasts

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/t-800days- until-the-eclipse/id968037305

Over 100 iTunes podcasts dedicated to the 2017 eclipse, by Michael Bakich.

American Eclipse USA

http://americaneclipseusa.com

Artist Jay Ryan explains eclipses with clear illustrations.

The Vanishing Sun : Eclipse Tales from Around the World

Multi-cultural eclipse folktales, including 11 audio recordings and one video recording which incorporated both subtitles and ASL sign interpretation. From Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Eclipse 2017: Education

https://www.facebook.com/eclipse2017/?fref=ts

Page for eclipse education on Facebook.

Handout: View Safely

For a list of reputable vendors,
see https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters.

Eclipse Weather

National Weather Service

South Bend, IN

First Contact: Maximum Eclipse: Last Contact:

12:57 PM 2:22 PM 3:44 PM

Eclipse Flyover

Video courtesy of Eclipse2017.org.

Interactive Google Map

Map by Xavier Jubier

Safe Viewing Summary

Video courtesy of Exploratorium

Dr. Paul Doherty of the Exploratorium introduces four basic solar viewing techniques in video at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/video/safe- viewing-techniques. More Exploratorium videos are here.

Future Eclipses-USA

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

From the Mr. Eclipse Eclipse Primer:

"The last total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S.A. occured on Feb. 26, 1979. A total solar eclipse was visible from Hawaii and Mexico on July 11, 1991. The next two total solar eclipses visible from the U.S.A. occur on Aug. 21, 2017 and Apr. 8, 2024."

Future Eclipses-Global

Future total solar eclipses are mapped by Michael Zeiler and cataloged through 2100 by Fred Espenak, including:

2019 July 2
2020 December 14
2021 December 4
Apr. 8, 2024 (bisects USA)

Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Disclaimer:

Looking at the sun can be dangerous, but it can be done. Follow the safety precautions described in these links. I am not responsible for any injuries resulting from your observing the sun. You are responsible for your own safety.

What I said in 2004 and 2012 for observing the transit of Venus.

And what they said at eclipse2017.org: http://www.eclipse2017.org/eclipse2 017_eye%20safety.htm.

Background image excerpted from: 

Dionysius the Areopagite Converting

the Pagan Philosophers

Antoine Caron

French, 1521-1599

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Sun Funnels

 

The Sun Funnel is a telescope accessory that allows a group of people to observe a magnified image of the sun safely. 

 

Instructions to Build a Sun Funnel, updated for the 2017 eclipse by Rick Fienberg, includes images,  tips, and precautions. 

 

See video for introduction of 3D-printed version of the Sun Funnel .  Additional tips are at my Sun Funnel page.

 

Try these .stl files for 3D printing, courtesy of Adler Planetarium:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fxvdekmf6y3h4it/AACOi-ZNcX0ZOEhz4oG4V-5Ya?dl=0

Watch short video about Sun Funnels...

Español

NASA's eclipse website is at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/español

 

From SkyandTelescope.com,  a series of videos in English and Spanish introduces the solar eclipse.

Circumstances for South Bend, IN

First Contact:            1:52 PM

Maximum Eclipse:   3:09 PM

Last Contact:             4:23 PM

Map courtesy of  Xavier Jubier

 
© 2020 Chuck Bueter