Preparing for the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Terre Haute IN
In April of 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible in large parts of central and southern Indiana, including Terre Haute. The forecasted center line of the path of totality runs northeast throughout the state, entering Indiana south of Terre Haute.
During the solar eclipse, viewers will get to enjoy the spectacle caused by the moon moving to completely cover their view of the sun. During the partial phases of the solar eclipse, when the moon is moving in and out of the view of the sun, the sky will gradually darken and the sun will begin to take on a crescent shape.
A total solar eclipse happens when the moon completely covers the sun, and only the outermost edges of the corona are visible. This creates the effect of completely darkening the sky outdoors as if it were before dawn or after dusk. For viewing, you must wear specialized eclipse glasses, such as our solar glasses, which allow you to safely view partial and total eclipses.
In 2024, the eclipse will follow a path starting in the southwest regions of Mexico and exiting in the northeastern United States around Maine. The path of totality is around 115 miles wide, which is the only region where viewers will get to see a total solar eclipse.
Can You See Eclipse 2024 in Terre Haute, Indiana?
The eclipse in 2024 will be visible for Terre Haute residents, as the city lies within the eclipse’s forecasted path of totality. Terre Haute lies on the eastern side of the path of totality, which means residents will be able to view the eclipse for slightly less time than those cities along the center line of the path of totality.
While Terre Haute residents will still get to see the full extent of the solar eclipse, some nearby Indiana cities may provide an even longer viewing of the eclipse. If traveling is an option around the time of the 2024 solar eclipse, residents may consider making a quick day trip to the following Indiana cities, which lie directly or near the center line of the totality:
Many cities along Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Evansville are close to the center line of totality and are within an hour’s drive of Terre Haute. However, residents of Terre Haute will still be able to see the eclipse right in their own city should they opt not to travel.
When Will the 2024 Solar Eclipse Happen in Terre Haute?
The solar eclipse will happen on April 8, 2024. In Terre Haute, the solar eclipse will last approximately 2.5 hours, ranging from 1:48 p.m. to 4:21 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This time is separated into multiple phases, with the majority taken up by the periods where the moon is entering and exiting the view of the sun, also known as the partial eclipse.
The first contact, or when the outer edge of the moon first appears to touch the outer edge of the sun, will occur at precisely 1:48 p.m. for 17 seconds. The second contact occurs at the moment totality starts, right before the moon fully covers the sun. This will occur at 3:04 p.m. The maximum of the totality occurs about 1.5 minutes later at 3:06 p.m., with the final stage of the total eclipse ending at 3:07 p.m. The partial eclipse will then continue for another hour or so, ending at 4:21 p.m.
How Long Will the 2024 Solar Eclipse Last?
Overall, the solar eclipse will last about 5 hours, as the moon casts a shadow, moving 2,000 miles per hour from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Locally, Terre Haute residents will get to see the eclipse for about 2.5 hours, with the totality phase lasting just about 3 minutes.
For residents of neighboring cities to Terre Haute, exact times can be viewed using an interactive map, which allows you to pinpoint your exact location.
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