Solar Eclipse FAQs

What is a Solar Eclipse?

The Moon’s Shadow

"This animated GIF shows the Moon’s shadow arcing across the Pacific, then traversing North America, and ending at sunset not far from Spain. The very longest duration will be near Torreon, Mexico at 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

solar eclipse occurs when the moon cast 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. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will trace a narrow path of totality across the Shores & Islands Ohio region. 

How to Safely View the Eclipse?

wearing solar glasses

Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during a brief moment of "totality" during a solar eclipse. During a partial solar eclipse, it is unsafe to look at the sun unless you are using approved safety glasses or filters.

To view a solar eclipse safely, you must follow these simple rules:

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed, partially eclipsed, or annularly eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.​Solar Eclipse Glasses
  • If you are inside the path of totality on April 8, 2024, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases. Note that this applies only to viewing without optical aid (other than ordinary eyeglasses). Different rules apply when viewing or imaging the Sun through camera lenses, binoculars, or telescopes; consult an expert astronomer before using a solar filter with any type of magnifying optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, and throughout a partial or annular solar eclipse, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the Sun directly.

Where can you get Solar Eclipse Glasses? 

Solar Eclipse Glasses Hero

Starting March 4th, visit one of our Welcome Centers and ask our Team Members about getting a FREE pair of Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses, while supplies last. To claim, fill out an email contact form. Limit to quantities of 10. Not for resale. 


West Welcome Center

770 SE Catawba Rd,
Port Clinton, OH 43452

Welcome Center hours are Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
Phone: (800) 441-1271 or (419) 734-4386




East Welcome Center

125 E Water St,
Sandusky, OH 44870

Welcome Center hours are Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm
Phone: (800) 255-3743 or (419) 625-2984



Solar Eclipse Phenomena

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Get Your Solar Eclipse T-Shirt!

S&IO Eclipse T-Shirt

Shores & Islands Ohio Official 2024 Solar Eclipse Basic Unisex T-Shirt

Get ready for a blackout you will never forget! On April 8, 2024, the moon will completely block out the sun for a rare total solar eclipse. Due to our global position directly in the path of totality, our communities in and around Shores & Islands Ohio will enjoy incredible, unobstructed viewing times of approximately four minutes—one of the longest durations in the entire region! 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 portion of the proceeds for the Shores & Islands Ohio Solar Eclipse T-shirt will go to NASA Armstrong Advocacy Coalition 

Apparel Specs

  • Crafted from ring spun cotton for ultimate comfort.
  • 4.3-ounce, 100% ring spun combed cotton, 30 singles
  • Slightly slimmer body and shorter sleeves
  • 1x1 rib knit neck
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder to shoulder taping


"Eclipsing History" Podcast

Presented by Bowling Green State University, with the support of Ohio Humanities and Midstory Toledo. 

Eclipsing History is a podcast where we explore the social, cultural, and historical significance of eclipses through the diverse cultures of North America. As eclipse watchers gear up for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse over North America, this podcast looks back at eclipses of the past and explores the ways that different people experienced eclipses. We interview a diverse cast of experts from across multiple disciplines to understand the important role that eclipses played in the development of North America, and what significance they still hold as moments of astronomical wonder.

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