On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass over our state, plunging much of Indiana into momentary darkness as the earth, moon, and sun form a straight line. Hancock County is in the direct path of the total solar eclipse and will experience darkness for nearly 3 minutes. This unique event will bring many people to our county.

2024 Solar Eclipse Safety Tips

A total solar eclipse is a rare opportunity, and when viewing, safety is first priority. It is never safe to look directly at the sun during an eclipse without specialized eye protection. Doing so may cause short or long term severe eye damage.

Looking directly at the sun can include symptoms such as:

Experts advise against using regular sunglasses or any homemade filtering device, as they do not protect your eyes from the solar retinopathy that may result from looking at the sun – even for a brief moment. Vision loss from viewing the sun without the appropriate ISO 12312-2 filter may be permanent. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Astronomical Society offer these tips for safely viewing the 2024 solar eclipse:

See resources from the State of Indiana.

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