Two years from today: Miami Valley will be included in total solar eclipse

In just two short years, the Miami Valley will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime sky event, a total solar eclipse! We already enjoyed the Great American Eclipse a few years ago but on April 8, 2024, this eclipse will be even more impressive.

>>Mark your calendars: Total solar eclipse coming in 2024

In 2024, most of the Miami Valley will be in the path of totality which means we will experience complete darkness for about 2 minutes and 43 seconds. In Dayton, the total eclipse will begin around 3:09 p.m. and will end around 3:12 p.m. Many people will flock to our area to enjoy this rare event!

A total solar eclipse can occur when the moon is in a new moon phase, when the sun, moon, and Earth line up almost perfectly, and when the moon is closest to Earth during its orbit aka perigee.

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Remember, you can’t look directly at the sun because it could cause eye damage. Instead, you will need special eclipse glasses or welder’s glasses rated 14 or higher for safe viewing.