NOTE: The exact times for totality will vary by location. The times above are listed for the Bell Tower on the campus of Ball State University as obtained from eclipsewise.com.
On Monday, April 8, 2024, Muncie, Indiana, will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity when the path of the total solar eclipse passes over our community. This is the first total solar eclipse to visit Muncie since 957CE! For 3 minutes and 44 seconds, Ball State University will be plunged into deep twilight as the Moon hides the Sun from our sky.
Once those mere minutes have passed, it will be another 75 years before a similar experience can be seen again without traveling far. Even then, a total solar eclipse in 2099 will only come as close as Fort Wayne.
The planetarium will be closed the day of the solar eclipse; we encourage people to use the tools and the information learned during previous planetarium events at their favorite outdoor viewing site. Before the day of the eclipse, make sure to experience one or more of the planetarium's special events and read through the text below to prepare yourself for this important day.
April 8, 2024 1:52 p.m.End:
April 8, 2024 4:25 p.m.
A total solar eclipse will occur during the day on April 8, 2024 and will only be visible by only some of the world, including Muncie, IN (weather permitting, with proper eye protection)! The solar eclipse will begin on Monday, April 8, 2024 at approximately 1:52:13 p.m.*, when the Moon starts to block out the southwest side of the Sun (at the 5 o'clock mark).
The Moon will continue to block out more of the Sun until totality, when the Sun is fully blocked by the Moon. Totality in Muncie begins at 3:07:32 p.m. You can safely view this portion of the eclipse, and this short portion alone, without any eye protection because the entire face of the Sun will be completely blocked by the Moon. Here at Ball State University, totality will last 3 minutes and 44 seconds, with it ending at 3:11:16 p.m. The partial solar eclipse will continue until the entire event ends at 4:24:16 p.m. *Exact start and end times will vary by location.
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