On Saturday, October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross Ohio. The 2023 eclipse in Centerville will be partial (with magnitude 52%). The partial phase will begin at 11:43:33 AM, with mid-eclipse occurring at 1:05:42 PM, and ending at 2:31:06 PM.
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross Ohio. The eclipse will begin at 1:53:25 PM in Centerville, with the total eclipse occurring at 3:09:51 and lasting almost 2 minutes. The eclipse will end at 4:25:35 PM. The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.
Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse is unsafe, except during the brief phase of a total eclipse when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face. Whenever any part of the sun’s surface is showing, you will need protective glasses or filters! Ordinary sunglasses are not strong enough to protect your eyes.
Thanks to a generous grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Space Science Institute, WCPL will be distributing FREE eclipse glasses to the public. Due to the anticipated demand for solar eclipse glasses and the Library's limited supply, we want to clarify the availability of the glasses from the Library:
Additionally, alternative viewing devices can be easily constructed. Here are some examples: