Total Eclipse: 2024

During the afternoon of April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible across the Eastern US. If you are fortunate enough to work along the path of totality, expect larger numbers of visitors than is typical for the time of year. If you are outside of the path of totality, you will be able to view a significant partial eclipse throughout the lower 48. Engaging visitors in your eclipse efforts will form memories to last a lifetime. Join us for mini videos on eclipse science, mini webinars with NASA scientists, outreach specialists, and interpreters, and NASA resources to utilize with your visitors.


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What is a total solar eclipse and why does it happen here on Earth and no where else in the solar system?


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Eclipse Safety Learn more >


Baileys Beads“Bailey’s beads." Due to the Moon’s varied landscape, some points of sunlight will come through looking like beads on a necklace before the entire side becomes bright. Once you notice this, it is time to protect your eyes! Source: NASA/Aubrey GemignaniDuring a total solar eclipse, the only time it is safe to view the sun without solar glasses or solar viewers is once the entire surface of the Sun is covered by the Moon, during totality. At that point, your solar viewers will go black and you may look without them to view the incredible view of the Sun’s corona. As soon as you see Bailey’s beads beginning once more, place your solar glasses or solar viewers on once more. Sunlight can seriously damage your eyes very quickly.


Interpreting the Eclipses: Recorded Webinars

Check out our past Interpreting Eclipses webinars below. The series will focus on heliophysics, lunar science, and eclipse science, outreach tips, community engagement techniques, citizen science opportunities, where to find subject matter expert assistance whether you are on the path of annularity or off the path, as well as pathways of connection using interpretive techniques to connect visitors to the event happening at your site.