Oil Region National Heritage Area | The Valley that Changed the World

Eclipse 2024

A total solar eclipse will take place Monday, April 8, 2024 and the Oil Region is in the path of totality!

That means the shadow of the Moon will fully cover the face of the Sun, darkening the sky as if it were dawn or dusk in the middle of the day. And the Oil Region will be one of the best places to see that happen.

According to NASA, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:02 p.m. in Erie. Totality will begin at 3:16 p.m. Maximum darkness will be at 3:18 p.m. Totality ends at 3:20 p.m. The partial eclipse will be over at 4:30 p.m. Each time will be slightly earlier for the Oil Region.

Umbraphile, literally translated to shadow lover, is the name given to those who chase eclipses, traveling almost anywhere to experience them.

Hotels were sold out all along the path of totality for the 2017 eclipse and thousands of umbraphiles and amateur fans alike drove hundreds of miles to get a good view. The 2024 Eclipse promises much of the same excitement!

Don’t miss this opportunity.

After the April 8 eclipse, there won’t be another eclipse visible in North America for twenty years! The Oil Region won’t be in the path of totality again until 2144 — making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime event for the Oil Region.

Check back here for details on events, lodging, transportation, and more. You can also order your eclipse viewing safety glasses here to make the most of this historic event!

More Eclipse 2024 Info

Our friends and PA Great Lakes Region partner Visit Erie is making plans for the April 8, 2024 eclipse. Their theme is “the Ultimate Sunblock,” a saying that is included on their eclipse viewing glasses. Check out their activities at www.visiterie.com/eclipseerie-2024
NASA produced a teaching tool titled “Getting a Feel for Eclipses” designed specifically for visually impaired students. Pennsylvania Western University — Edinboro astronomy professor David Hurd contributed to the publication and has been giving presentations about the upcoming eclipse. Find more information about the book here.
You can also find additional information about the 2024 eclipse at NationalEclipse.com.
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