Preparing for the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Ohio

If you missed the total solar eclipse back in 2017, you’re in luck! The upcoming eclipse in 2024 will offer Ohioans a much better viewing experience. It has been reported that Ohio will be directly in the path of complete totality for a much longer period than last time.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2024 in Ohio. 

Experiencing the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Ohio

Solar eclipses do not happen that often, and complete eclipses are even rarer. To add to that, the odds that you’ll be in a good viewing area in the United States are not so good. Ohio will be one of the areas across the United States with front row seats to the total solar eclipse in 2024. 

However, unlike in 2017 when northeast Ohio only experienced 80%-85% blockage of the sun for a couple of minutes, this time, it will be near 100%, and it will last longer. It has been reported that the complete eclipse will enter Ohio at 3:08 p.m. EST on April 8 and travel northeast across the state for a total of 11 minutes. 

Ohio will also experience peaks of darkness lasting for four and half minutes, nearly twice as long as the 2017 solar eclipse. It is important to note that this will be the longest total solar eclipse experienced across the globe until 2114. 

You Get to Choose the Best Viewing Location 

Another benefit that comes with experiencing the 2024 total solar eclipse in Ohio is that you get to choose the best viewing location. This is because most of the major cities in Ohio will experience the solar eclipse, unlike in 2017, when the majority of the cities only witnessed a partial solar eclipse. This is not something that happens too often. 

Some of the Ohio Cities to Visit for the Eclipse

The total solar eclipse in 2024 will pass directly over Ohio cities such as Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield, Mansfield, Akron, and Columbus. Among these cities, Columbus and Cincinnati are expected to experience about 95% totality. 

To put this into perspective, Dayton will experience totality for about two minutes and 45 seconds. On the other hand, Toledo will experience totality for about one minute 47 seconds. 

What Can Be Seen During a Total Solar Eclipse?

Diamond Ring Effect

For approximately 15 seconds before the moon completely obstructs the sun, only a tiny crescent of the sun is left, and the corona begins to come into view. During this time, the silver of the sunlight’s brightness transitions into a spectacular burst of radiance, which is concentrated into one region just along the sun’s edge. With the corona circling around the disk, this burst of radiance creates a diamond ring effect.


When the moon completely covers the sun during a total solar eclipse, it is the only time that people across the globe can clearly see the corona without using any special gadgets. 

Solar Flares

When the moon covers up the sun, titanic flares in the sky become visible while peeking out from the edge of an already darkening disk. These solar flares are usually anchored to the sun’s surface and tend to loop for millions of miles into space. You can easily spot the solar flares moments before a total solar eclipse. 

Planet and Stars

On top of bringing the sun’s corona into view, the total solar eclipse makes the sky so dark to the extent that you can see both planets and stars during the day. 

View the Eclipse Safely with American Paper Optics

Before the total solar eclipse draws closer, you need to have your safety glasses ready. At American Paper Optics, we’re renowned for our high-quality eclipse glasses that ensure you view the total solar eclipse safely. Our eclipse glasses are unique because they’re capable of completely blocking out ultra-violet rays, infrared and intense visible light. Contact our team today to learn more about the eclipse glasses we offer!