How to Maximize the Solar Eclipse Experience

How to Maximize the Solar Eclipse Experience

Where to watch the 2024 total solar eclipse

Carbondale, IL

Located in a unique location on the planet (at least when it comes to recent eclipses), Carbondale, Illinois experienced totality on August 21, 2017 and will do so again on April 8, 2024. You can join thousands of eclipse enthusiasts in southern Illinois. Crossroads Eclipse Festival at Saluki Stadium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Expect to learn a lot at this event, which will host lectures and presentations, solar telescopes, high-altitude balloon launches, citizen science eclipse projects, and even a craft fair. The event will be hosted by Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society, and he will serve as a guide to events in the sky. You will be able to view the eclipse from anywhere in the stadium and handheld cameras are encouraged. Tickets cost $25 (£19.64) for adults and $5 (£3.93) for children.

Cleveland, Ohio

The Total Eclipse Festival promises to be an incredible experience. The Great Lakes Science Center and its partners, NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the Cleveland Orchestra, will host the celestial celebration at North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. Completely free for all, this outdoor, family-friendly festival will feature free concerts (including a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra on April 7), performances, speakers and hands-on science activities with community partners. Cleveland is the only place in the United States with a NASA center, so expect experts and astronauts to be there. NASA and the Science Center will distribute free vision glasses.

Houlton, Maine

In northern Maine, the Moon will completely cover the Sun in parts of Maine for three and a half minutes. The Maine Eclipse Festival, running April 5-8, offers events for the whole family, plus great viewing. On April 7, the festival features bus trips to the Maine Solar System Model, the largest 3D model of the solar system in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a stop at the planetarium at the Francis Malcolm Science Center. There will also be crafts for kids at Houlton Riverfront Park on April 6, a metaphysical eclipse tent for tarot readings and a craft beer festival for parents.

Kerrville, Texas

In addition to some of the best views in totality, Texas hosts Schreiner University’s Eclipse Festival, which will (because of its location almost smack dab in the middle of the state) be the first university in the United States to do so. experience of totality. The festival will run all weekend, April 4-8, and will include stargazing at the Loftis Observatory, films from guest speakers and food. If you want to stay four days, tickets are expensive, but they include a four-night stay, three meals a day, and activities like stargazing and wine tasting.

From the sky

There’s an even more unique way for astronomy fans to witness this celestial event, and that’s from the sky. Delta is offering special flights on the path of totality, one from Austin and one from Dallas-Fort Worth that will land in Detroit on April 8.

Beyond specific eclipse-chasing flights, if you’re traveling to the middle of the country on April 8, you may want to pack a pair of eclipse glasses, as you do on many regular flights, such as Salt Lake City to Austin and Los Angeles. in Dallas-Fort Worth – will intersect the eclipse. Nothing compares to the experience at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,144 m).

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