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.
2024 Solar Eclipse
Prepare for the solar eclipse of Monday, April 8, 2024.
Map courtesy of Michael Zeiler, www.GreatAmericanEclipse.com
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.
Try these .stl files for 3D printing, courtesy of Adler Planetarium:
Watch short video about Sun Funnels...
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.
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.
And what they said at eclipse2017.org:
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."
Background image excerpted from:
Dionysius the Areopagite Converting
the Pagan Philosophers
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
South Bend, IN
National Weather Service