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Astronomy: Eclipse 2024

Local & National Resources and Activities

Resources about the 2024 eclipse from various local and national organizations and entities.

Activities during April 8 Eclipse

Local activities will be added as they are known.

About Eclipses

The Comet

12P/Pons-Brooks is a comet that will be visible at the same time period as the 2024 solar eclipse. 12P/Pons-Brooks is expected to be at its brightest in late March/early April, although its brightness varies unpredictably. It can be viewed by looking toward the constellation Pisces located at the end of evening twilight in the west-northwest part of the sky. 12P/Pons-Brooks has also been nicknamed the "devil comet" because its activity can sometimes give it a horseshoe-shape resembling horns.

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April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass over the United States. The path of totality will include Terre Haute and Indiana State University at approximately 3:04:18 PM EDT.

  • Start of Partial Eclipse 1:48:17 PM EDT
  • Start of Total Eclipse 3:04:23 PM EDT
  • Maximum Eclipse    3:05:51 PM EDT     Totality will last 2 min, 57 sec
  • End of Total Eclipse 3:07:20 PM EDT
  • End of Partial Eclipse 4:21:30 PM EDT

Let's hope for clear skies. Remember that while Terre Haute, IN, is in Eastern time, Illinois and parts of Indiana and Kentucky are in Central time. So make sure you know the right time for your area! DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT APPROPRIATE EYE PROTECTION.

Read below to learn more.

What is an Eclipse?

Do NOT look at the sun without proper protection. You can damage your eyes.
(Ordinary sunglasses are not proper protection.)

An eclipse is a situation amongst three astronomical objects in which one moves between the other two creating a shadow, effectively blocking the view of the first astronomical object from the third astronomical object. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the Earth and the sun, totally blocking the view of the sun from those on Earth who are within the moon's shadow. A lunar eclipse is when the Earth is between the moon and the sun, blocking the view of the sun from the moon (if you happened to be on the moon).

Solar eclipses happen periodically. However, each individual solar eclipse impacts only a relatively small portion of the Earth. They also rarely occur nearby to where YOU are so that you can easily witness it for yourself.

You may find out what is known about eclipses within the information sources such as books, journal articles, newspapers, websites, and other forms of communication. An eclipse is also known as an occultation. If you search for information, try searching that word, too.


Below are some links to information about eclipses and the 2024 total solar eclipse.

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Solar Eclipse Eye Safety

Do NOT look at the sun without proper protection. You can damage your eyes.
(Ordinary sunglasses are not proper protection. Only use eye wear or solar binoculars that meet ISO 12312-2.)

Lunar Eclipse Phases

Lunar eclipse

Video Databases - Eclipse Videos

Playlists below include clips from the ISU video databases which explain or are related to eclipses. Some are about the science and some include portrayals of eclipses from dramatic film. 

You, too, can create playlists of films or film clips on topics which interest you. Create a personal account in order to create playlists.

Science & the Eclipse

Baily's Beads

Solar eclipse

Please contact science librarian Shelley Arvin if you have questions about the eclipse. 

Shelley Arvin
Office phone 812-212-0428
Library room 113

Local Events Leading Up To the April 8 Eclipse

Traffic & the Eclipse


  • Campus Parking restrictions begin on Friday, April 5 – Monday, April 8 to accommodate the Eclipse on Monday, April 8.  
  • Friday, April 5 – the North Pay Lot (north of HMSU) will close Friday at 4:00.  Cars remaining in the lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Sunday, April 7 – Tuesday April 9 – Lot D Ext will remain closed.
  • NO PARKING – Sunday, April 7 beginning at 11:59pm – Tuesday, April 9 – NO on street parking on 5th Street from Chestnut – Tippecanoe.  Cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Monday, April 8 – 5th Street from Chestnut to Tippecanoe; 6th Street from Tippecanoe to Spruce; and Spruce from 5th to 6th will be  closed to all traffic.

Weather & the Eclipse

Environment & the Eclipse

Use our databases to search for published research and information about organisms and eclipses.


Eclipse Books