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April 2024 eclipse brings exciting learning opportunities


In just one year, Ohio will experience a total solar eclipse! Eclipses have been recorded as long ago as 3340 B.C.E and have fascinated humans over the ages. The last time Ohio had a total solar eclipse was in 1806. A total eclipse is significantly different from the partial eclipses many people have seen. Total eclipses result in a brief “night” during midday and the environment responds accordingly.

The coming year is a great opportunity for students and adults to learn about eclipse occurrences, animal and plant responses to eclipses, eclipse history and impact on cultures, traditions and art.

Information and lesson ideas for educators are on the Department’s eclipse webpage. These materials are geared toward PreK-12 formal and informal educators. Keep checking throughout the spring and summer as the Department will continue to add resources leading up to the 2023-2024 school year. The statewide eclipse webpage has information for the general public, including events, lodging, activities, safe viewing tips and interactive maps. Save the date for April 8, 2024, and begin planning now.