2024 Summit County & Greater Akron Solar Eclipse


Total Solar Eclipse Over Ohio (Source: Great American Eclipse)

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. During this time, the sky will become very dark and the temperature may even drop 10-15 degrees! The corona, the sun's atmosphere, will be the only thing visible from the sun during those four minutes. This event may also cause nocturnal animals to wake up thinking it is nighttime, and non-nocturnal animals to think it's time to wind down. 

Summit County and the Eclipse

Summit County and the Greater Akron area will be in the "path of totality". The path of totality is a 115-mile wide path that will start in North America in Mexico, and continue all the way through Maine. If you are not in the path of totality, then you will only see a partial eclipse and not a total eclipse. Totality only lasts for around four minutes from start to finish.

When and Where

The eclipse event takes place on April 8, 2024 and begins at 1:59pm, as a partial eclipse, and will last through 4:29pm. The total solar eclipse (totality) will be visible everywhere in Summit County from 3:13 pm-3:17 pm. 

How to be Safe During the Eclipse

It is highly recommended by scientists and medical professionals to take precautions during the eclipse. Use protective eyewear while looking at the eclipse. Looking at the eclipse without protective eyewear can cause severe and permanent damage to your eyes. The only time it is safe to look without eclipse glasses is when totality occurs. Traffic patterns and road congestion may be heavy and sporadic. To ensure safety on the roads, please do not stop on the road and cause traffic to look at the eclipse. There will be many viewing sites all around the county that will be open for viewing the eclipse. Locations listed below will have designated viewing areas. For more information on how to be safe during the eclipse, please go to: https://co.summitoh.net/pages/2024-Solar-Eclipse.html

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Viewing Areas:

This list of viewing areas will have special programming and activities for the eclipse. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Akron Art Museum - https://akronartmuseum.org/

Akron-Summit County Public Library (Main Branch, Downtown Akron, and other various branches) - https://www.akronlibrary.org

Akron Zoo - https://www.akronzoo.org/

Bath Nature Preserve (Observatory of Summit County Astronomy Club) - https://www.bathtownship.org/government/departments_and_divisions/parks_division/parks___facilities_directory.php

Cascade Locks - https://cascadelocks.org/

City of Green - https://www.cityofgreen.org/237/Special-Events

City of Norton - https://fb.me/e/6XPckPAoW 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Kendall Hills, Boston Visitors Center - https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm

El Patron Tequileria & Cusine - https://www.elpatrontequileria.com/

Fairlawn - https://www.fairlawn.us/61/Parks-Recreation

HiHO Brewing Co. - http://tinyurl.com/53cdrua2

Hoppin' Frog brewery -https://shop.hoppinfrog.com/product/toadal-eclipse-party-monday-april-8th-2024-2/

Jilly's Music Room - https://jillysmusicroom.com/

Kave Coffee Bar - https://www.facebook.com/kavecoffeebar/events?ref=page_internal

MAPS Air Museum - https://mapsairmuseum.org/events/solar-eclipse-fundraiser-maps-air-museum/

Richfield - https://richfieldchamber.com/events/

Richfield Heritage Preservehttps://www.richfieldheritagepreserve.com

Sarah's Vineyardhttp://www.sarahsvineyardwinery.com

Shaw JCC of Akron - Eclipsin' at the J Tickets, Mon, Apr 8, 2024 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - https://www.stanhywet.org/

Summit County Fairgrounds - 2024 SOLAR ECLIPSE – SUMMIT COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS (summitfair.com)

Summit Metro Parks - https://www.summitmetroparks.org/

The Winery at Wolf Creek - https://www.wineryatwolfcreek.com/


Pack up your friends and family and view the eclipse in Summit County/Greater Akron. The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting interactive activities leading up to the once-in-a-lifetime event! We encourage everyone to participate!

1. The ASCVB Social Media Scavenger Hunt - The ASCVB has joined together with our partners in the area to set up a scavenger hunt. Beginning in mid-January 2024, we'll post a photo of a hint of where the prize can be found. The prize is first come first serve to whoever gets it. Stay tuned for more details.

2. Tell us Where You're Eclipsin' - Take some photos or selfies of you and your Eclipsin' Crew! Share your eclipse experience on your social media, tag the ASCVB and be automatically entered into a random drawing for a grand prize.

3. Trivia Tuesdays - Once each week, beginning Jan. 16, 2024 through April 2, 2024, we will post a question on our social media pages related to the solar eclipse. Leave your answer to the question in the comments for fun! What do you know about all things sun and moon related? The answer will be posted to this page each week and on the original post 24 hours after the post goes live.

Trivia Questions Starting January 16!

1) Q: What is the only part of the sun that can be seen during a total solar eclipse?

    A: The corona!

2) Q: What are the only two places on earth where a solar eclipse never occurs?

    A: The North and South Poles!

3) Q: What rare object was displayed for 5 days in Cascade Plaza in Downtown Akron for 5 days in 1971?

    A: A moon rock from the Apollo 11 mission!

4) Q: What year did Ohio last experience a total solar eclipse? 

    A: 1806

5) Q: What is the technical term for a "shadow lover" who chases eclipses?

    A: an Umbraphile

6) Q: "Once in a blue moon" is a saying describing a rare thing. What exactly is a "blue moon"?

    A: It is the second full moon in a calendar month!

7) Q: At what speed does the moon move across the sun during a total solar eclipse?

    A: 1,398 Miles per hour!