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Don’t look up: Solar eclipse to occur afternoon of Monday, April 8

Globe icon(04/05/2024) A solar eclipse will happen during the afternoon hours Monday, April 8, 2024, bringing an uncommon mid-day time of darkness – similar to dusk. This will likely be a topic of discussion in school and in the community.

The basics: This is the first eclipse in the past seven years and an event expected to attract widespread media attention both regionally and across the nation. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the Sun. 

  • Portions of the United States, Mexico and Canada will experience a full solar eclipse. 

  • The Twin Cities metro area will experience a 75% partial eclipse for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

  • The eclipse will start around 1 p.m., peak around 2 p.m. and end by 3:15 p.m. 

  • Skies will exhibit an unusual darkness during this time and street lights on sensors may illuminate. 

Safety first: Schools will inform students to take caution during this time to not look at the eclipse without proper eye protection and outdoor activities during the school day will be limited as a safety precaution. In addition, many classrooms are using the eclipse as an optional learning opportunity, incorporating lessons both outdoors and indoors with lesson support provided by TWIG science curriculum materials.  

Learn more: Visit NASA’s 2024 Solar Eclipse website to explore the topic as a family.