April 8, 2024 - Total Solar Eclipse In Maine!

On Monday, April 8th of 2024 Maine will experience a Total Solar Eclipse! 

Times for viewing the eclipse vary depending on your location. These interactive maps will show you times for anywhere in the world.

Note to see totality you must be on the centerline – so if you live in Bangor, Orono, Portland, Augusta, etc. you will have to travel to experience totality.  Those towns will experience a partial eclipse only, which is much different than totality!  See https://eclipse.aas.org/eclipse-america-2024 and https://eclipse2024.org/eclipse_cities/states.php?type=total&state=Maine&country=USA for detailed information.

For Maine specific information see the State of Maine’s eclipse page or the Great American Eclipse’s website! You can also learn more about the eclipse in Maine by watching the video below: 

This program was produced by WVII (FOX 22, ABC 7) in Bangor, Maine. 

The Versant Power Astronomy Center staff will be in Jackman, Maine on April 7th and 8th to host public stargazing and eclipse viewing. If you plan on visiting Jackman for the eclipse, click here to find out more details.

You can also check out NASA’s pages for 2024 eclipses! 

The last time this occurred in Maine was on July 20th of 1963, so try not to miss this one, the next one in our state will be in 2079!  Curious about how often eclipses occur? Check out this article from astronomy.com!

Maine Teachers – Here is the Maine Dept of Education Eclipse  Resource Page .  See this link if you are a principal or administrator about eclipse safety.

For detailed eclipse safety see the AAS Eclipse Page.

Safe viewing of solar eclipse is extremely important!  Never look at the Sun directly without proper protection, as doing so can cause eye damage.  The planetarium has solar eclipse glasses available in our gift shop for $2 each which provide a safe way to observe the Sun during eclipses.  Get yours today!

Click below to see the eclipse shows we have to offer this year at the Versant Power Astronomy Center!

Click here to see our eclipse planetarium shows.

Images by John T. Meader