The Great Total Solar Eclipse of 2024

Eclipse Viewing Instructions and Resources

This great page has lots of links from the American Astronomical Society about finding the eclipse and viewing it safely.

https://eclipse2024.org/instructions/instructions.html

Take a look at this google map to zoom in and see whether you are in the Zone of Totality of not!

http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2024_GoogleMapFull.html

Info for Different Locations

  • Fredricksburg, Texas
  • Toronto, Canada

Fredricksburg, Texas

This is where Mark and Lily will to be: Bending Oak RV Camp at coords (30.22381°, -98.80293°)

Local Timetable

Event Date Time (UT) Time (Texas) Alt Azi
Start of partial eclipse (C1) 2024/04/08 17:15:35.6 12:15:35 +60.4° 135.8°
Start of total eclipse (C2) 2024/04/08 18:33:01.7 13:33:01 +67.4° 177.5°
Maximum eclipse (MAX) 2024/04/08 18:35:11.8 13:35:11 +67.4° 178.9°
End of total eclipse (C3) 2024/04/08 18:37:21.9 13:37:21 +67.4° 180.3°
End of partial eclipse (C4) 2024/04/08 19:56:20.2 14:56:20 +60.7° 223.5°

Toronto

Toronto, Canada will not get a total solar eclipse, only an Annular Solar Eclipse. This means the will be partially covered by the moon, but never entirely blocked. If you look at the sun through your special solar viewing glasses, it will look like a cookie monster has taken a big bite out of the sun! Since the sun will be still visible, the glasses ALWAYS NEEDS TO USE to view the eclipse directly in Toronto. But also take a look at making your own Pin-hole Camera!

Questions About the Eclipse

So, will you be able to see the eclipse?

This google map from Xavier Jubier lets you check different total solar eclipses against a precise location.

Viewing the Eclipse

Everyone knows that you shouldn’t look at the sun directly for more than a second. But during a total solar eclipse there is a few minutes where you really can look at the sun, because the Moon is covering it completely!

When the eclipse comes, you’ll need your solar eclipse glasses to let you watch until that moment arrives, and to leave you watch the sun return after the eclipse is over!

Here is some information about safe viewing of solar eclipses to go with your glasses.

Safety Page from the American Astronomical Society

The Next Next Eclipse - Spain! 2026

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago#Compostela
  • http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/SolarEclipsesGoogleMaps.html