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Solar Marvel: Ohio’s Eclipse – Coming Soon!

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a partial eclipse will begin around 1:30 pm, with the eclipse duration spanning from 3:08 to 3:19 pm (*3:10-3:13). Following the total eclipse phase, there will be an additional 1.5 hours of partial eclipse to captivate sky gazers.

Did you Know

– Ohio last witnessed a total solar eclipse in 1806.

– Since 1867, only 15 solar eclipses have been visible in the United States.

– Kentucky experienced its most recent solar eclipse in 2017.

– This marks the final solar eclipse in North America until 2044.

– The next solar eclipse over Ohio is anticipated in 2444.

When it comes to witnessing a solar or lunar eclipse, safeguarding your eyes is the most important thing you can do for a safe and enjoyable experience. Here’s a brief guide on eclipse safety, ensuring you don’t miss the celestial spectacle while prioritizing your vision.

Safety Tips for Eclipse Viewing:

1. Use Certified Solar Viewing Glasses: Directly looking at the sun without proper eyewear can harm your eyes. Ensure you have certified solar viewing glasses for protection.

2. Avoid DIY Solutions: Homemade filters, regular sunglasses, or improvised devices do not offer sufficient protection. Stick to approved solar viewing glasses from reliable sources.

3. Monitor Time of Totality: During a total solar eclipse, it’s safe to briefly remove your solar viewing glasses. However, be vigilant and put them back on as soon as the sun reappears.

Wood County prioritizes resident safety during celestial events. The Wood County Emergency Management Department offers essential resources and information on eclipse safety. Visit their website for guidelines, updates and emergency procedures related to astronomical events.