Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024 - Resources and Information to Be Prepared & Stay Safe

Image of a total solar eclipse with text: Total Solar Eclipse Information & Resources - April 8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be seen from all parts of Maine.  The eclipse begins at approximately 2:00 PM and will last for approximately 2.5 hours, with the total eclipse taking place at approximately 3:20 PM; for 3 minutes of total darkness. 

  • To view the Maine Eclipse Map, please click here.
  • Follow the path of totality to know when and where to see the best views of the eclipse by clicking here.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. While this rare sight is spectacular to behold, viewing any part of the bright sun through a camera lens, binoculars or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter can instantly cause severe eye injuries. 

Be sure you're prepared to enjoy the eclipse safely by familiarizing yourself with the safety guidelines below:

Eye Safety
  • View the Sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality.
  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face - during the brief and spectacular period known as totality.
    • You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the Sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.
  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright Sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the Sun.
Other Safety Tips

Many Maine residents and visitors will be traveling throughout the state for the best views of the eclipse; here are a few helpful reminders to have a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast and dress accordingly - keep in mind that the temperature will drop as much as 10 degrees during the eclipse.
  • It’s mud season in Maine and many direct roads may not be passable - always stay on paved roads.
  • Plan-ahead and anticipate significant traffic delays and congestion if traveling through areas with the best views of eclipse.
    • Be sure your gas tank is full; cell phones and devices are charged, and you have snacks and water with you.
  • When photographing the eclipse, be sure to exit the roadway - do not stop on the highway or on the shoulder.
  • Never drive with eclipse glasses on.

For more information about the eclipse in Maine, please visit the Maine State website by clicking here.

For additional Eclipse resources, please see below:

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy one of nature's greatest sights!