Solar Eclipse Safety lisadanford March 21, 2024

Solar Eclipse Safety

On April 8, parts of Ohio will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. Though Hamilton County is on the edge of the path of totality, HCDDS has canceled school for students that day out of an abundance of caution. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts its shadow on the Earth as it passes between the Earth and the Sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon appears to totally obscure the Sun.

Safety is the top priority during a solar eclipse. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency encourages everyone to be prepared.

  • It is not safe to look directly at the Sun unless you are using eye protection specifically for solar viewing. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses and should meet international safety standards.
  • Expect heavy traffic on eclipse day, especially after totality. Make sure you have a full gas tank and your car is stocked with food, water, and other emergency supplies.
  • Have a communication plan. Cell service may be disrupted at times due to the volume of usage.

Find additional solar eclipse safety information on the Ohio EMA website or from NASA. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities created this flyer with information about safe eclipse viewing. Click here for an interactive map of Cincinnati during the eclipse.

The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.

A group of people wearing special safety glasses to view a solar eclipse
You can wear eclipse glasses to safely view the Sun during the partial eclipse phases of a solar eclipse, before and after totality. Credit: NASA/Mamta Patel Nagaraja