Shedding Light on the 2024 Solar Eclipse.

Did you know there have only been 15 solar eclipses affecting a portion of the United States over the past 150 years? Well, now you do! On April 8, the moon will position itself between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on Earth This rare sighting’s path of totality will be in 15 states including Indiana. Total darkness is expected to last 3 minutes and 46 seconds in Indianapolis. The Circle City is anticipating thousands of sky watchers to travel to Indianapolis for the solar eclipse. Curious about the best places to watch and what you need to know before you go? Keep reading! 

Best Viewing Locations in Indy 

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway  

The racing capital is hosting a viewing for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Attendees can participate in track tours, INDYCAR demo laps, autograph sessions and other engaging activities. Interested in learning more about the solar eclipse and STEM? Don’t miss out on presentations, displays, exhibits and activations, separate activities will be available for youth and adults. 

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 

If you have a little one, you don’t want to miss out on the Children’s Museum’s giveaways, activities and festivities at Eclipse Extravaganza. Hands-on learning activities and programs are endless throughout the museum. Decorate your glasses, snap fun photos and learn about astronomy. Count us in! 

Indiana State Museum 

Experience this phenomenon at the Total Solar Eclipse Celebration hosted by the Indiana State Museum. Perfect for youth and adults with activities, live demonstrations, experiments and more, you can’t go wrong.  

 

Indy is ready to host thousands of travelers for this spectacular sky show. Whichever viewing spot you choose, you’re in for a bright experience…well dark actually! Additional viewing locations include Newfields, White River State Park and Indiana State Fairgrounds. 

What to “Know Before You Go” 

Besides creating a travel plan ahead of time, skywatchers should know the proper way to view the solar eclipse. It’s important to avoid gazing directly at the sun unless safe solar eclipse glasses are being used. No, your cute Ray-Bans won’t cut it! Additionally, you shouldn’t view the sun with telescopes, binoculars or camera lenses without solar filters. Lack of proper precautions may result in severe injury. Don’t forget to do your research! You’ll want to know what time the sighting’s path of totality will affect your area. 

With the large amount of people traveling to the path of totality, plan ahead and expect traffic. Better safe than sorry, fill up your gas tank and pack some snacks. Extra credit for a rockin’ playlist! Additionally, depending on your viewing location, you may want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on as you wait for the action. 

Things to Bring 

  1. Eye protection 
  2. Water 
  3. Food or snacks 
  4. Full tank of gas 
  5. Blanket or chair 
  6. Excitement for a great solar show! 

Fun Facts 

Astronomy Magazine tells us a solar eclipse only happens at New Moon. (We too immediately think of Edward and Jacob from Twilight). While not everyone in the United States will see the eclipse, everyone should still see a partial eclipse. Fingers crossed for blue skies because clouds can obscure the sun and make the eclipse more difficult to view. Interestingly, animals and birds become confused and display strange behavior during a solar eclipse. There are so many fun facts about the upcoming solar eclipse, don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn before you view the phenomenon. 

KM&A is buzzing with excitement since our headquarters, Indianapolis, is on the path of totality! We can’t wait for the skywatchers to enjoy the eclipse and our city. 

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