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We are out of solar eclipse glasses! 12,500 distributed to Ross County. Enjoy the eclipse!

When is the Solar eclipse?

Monday April 8, 2024

In Chillicothe:

  • Partial begins:  1:54:55pm
  • Maximum:  3:12:18pm
  • Partial ends:  4:26:52pm
  • Obscuration:  98.22%

Solar Eclipse Glasses

If you are shopping for solar eclipse glasses, make sure they’re safe! The American Astronomical Society has a page to help you select safe viewing tools here: 

Did you know?

Chillicothe is not in the path of totality, so there will not be a time when it is safe to view the eclipse without proper eye protection in our area.

Check out the path of totality here.

Things you might notice during the eclipse:

  • It will get noticeably darker in the area. This will happen even outside the area of totality, but in the path of totality it will get dark enough that nocturnal animals and insects sometimes wake up, and non-nocturnal animals settle for sleep.
  • The temperature will drop as much as 10 degrees, as the moon blocks a significant portion of the sun’s radiation in its shadow.
  • Because of the temperature drop, you might also notice a change in humidity and cloud cover.
  • Scientists also use the time during totality to observe the sun’s atmosphere, since the sun’s brightness usually makes it hard to see that area.

Other ways to safely view the solar eclipse:

  • The easiest way to safely view the solar eclipse is with a pinhole viewer. Here are instructions from NASA. Things like a colander, your interwoven fingers, or even the branches of a tree above you can also create a pinhole effect. Just make sure your back is to the sun when you use a pinhole camera.
  • On April 8, NASA Television will host a live broadcast featuring views from telescopes along the path of totality.

Did you know?

This is the first time a total eclipse has been viewable anywhere in Ohio since 1806.

The next one viewable in Ohio will be in 2099!

Eclipse Events at the Library
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Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

  • View the Sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality.
  • You can only view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face. Chillicothe is not in the path of totality, so there will not be a time when it is safe to view the eclipse without proper eye protection in our area.
  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright Sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the Sun.

Want to be a Citizen Scientist?

You can become a Globe Observer here and help collect data that scientists use to learn about the sun!