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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Total Solar Eclipse over Ohio on April 8, 2024.
This map is available at: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/eclipse-maps-and-globe/ohio-2024-state-map
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 Library (Main Branch, Downtown Akron) - 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
Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Kendall Hills, Boston Visitors Center - https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm
Hale Farm and Village - https://www.wrhs.org/plan-your-visit/hale-farm/
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens - https://www.stanhywet.org/
Sarah's Vineyard - http://www.sarahsvineyardwinery.com
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/
JOIN IN THE FUN!
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 a the 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 your chance to win a gift card! The answer will be posted to this page each week and on the original post 24 hours after the post goes live.