2024 Solar Eclipse

THERE ARE NO MORE GLASSES AVAILABLE!

What is it?
A solar eclipse is a rare natural event caused when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. The moon temporarily blocks the sun from view either partially or totally, depending on where in the world it is observed.

Where will it happen?
On Monday, April 8, 2024 a total eclipse of the sun will occur in the Northern Hemisphere and Northern Maine is on the “path of totality” when the moon completely blocks the sun and we experience a brief moment of darkness on earth. Bangor is not on the path of totality, but will experience a 99% eclipse. The maximum totality in Bangor will be at 3:32pm and will be a very deep partial eclipse, with some amount of sky darkening. But there will be no corona, no totality, and no dramatic moments on eclipse day. To see a complete eclipse, you will need to travel to the centerline.

When will it happen?
The eclipse will start in Maine at 3:28 pm EDT with the final exit of the Moon’s shadow from the state at 3:35 pm EDT. Through Maine, the speed of the Moon’s shadow will accelerate from about 2690 miles per hour to about 3175 miles per hour.

How do I watch it?
It is NEVER safe to look directly at the sun, even when it’s partially eclipsed by the moon. The eclipse glasses are certified to protect your eyes so you can safely experience the amazing event!

Solar eclipse terms
total eclipse & partial eclipse
Depending on where you are when an eclipse happens, the moon might block out the entire sun or just part of it.

corona
This is the thin ring of sunlight that remains visible around the moon during a total eclipse.

umbra & penumbra The umbra is the darkest, fullest part of the moon’s shadow, as would be seen during a total eclipse. The penumbra is a partial shadow, as we will see during this year’s solar eclipse in Bangor.

What will the eclipse be like in Bangor?

On Monday, April 8, 2024 a total eclipse of the sun will occur in the Northern Hemisphere and Northern Maine is on the “path of totality” when the moon completely blocks the sun and we experience a brief moment of darkness on earth

Bangor is not on the path of totality, but will experience a 99% eclipse. The maximum totality in Bangor will be at 3:32pm. To see a complete eclipse, you will need to travel to the centerline. There are maps that show where the centerline is in Maine this April: Houlton, Millinocket, Dover-Foxcroft. (See https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/maine-2024-eclipse)

Join us on 4/8
BPL will host an eclipse viewing party on Monday 4/8 starting at 3pm on the patio outside of the atrium. We’ll have indirect methods for viewing the eclipse, including pinhole projectors.

More Information

www.astro.maine.edu/eclipse

www.greatamericaneclipse.com/maine-2024-eclipse

www.bangordailynews.com/maine-eclipse-2024/