When to Catch the 2024 Solar Eclipse: Timing and Path Across the U.S.

Calista Alma
April 08, 2024

On Monday, April 8, millions of Americans will have the opportunity to witness the spectacle of the 2024 solar eclipse as the sky momentarily darkens along its path of totality.

This event marks the first solar eclipse to traverse North America in seven years, with the next one not expected to be visible from the contiguous U.S. until August 23, 2044, as noted by NASA.

The precise timing of the solar eclipse will vary depending on your location and time zone, with visibility contingent upon the weather conditions on Monday.

Whether you’re planning to observe the eclipse from your home or venture out to experience it firsthand, here’s what you need to know about the exact timing of the event.

The eclipse will commence in Mexico at approximately 11:07 a.m. PDT on Monday, April 8, before making its way across Texas at 1:27 p.m. CDT and concluding in Maine at 3:35 p.m. EDT. Even if you’re not within the path of totality, you may still catch a partial view of the eclipse.

To determine the specific timing of the eclipse in your area, you can utilize USA TODAY’s database by entering your zip code to access a comprehensive viewing guide. This resource provides details such as the start time, duration, peak, and percentage of the eclipse visible in your region.

Below are the key cities in each state where totality is expected to occur, along with the corresponding times (note: these times do not include the onset and conclusion of the partial eclipse):

  • Dallas, Texas: 1:40-1:44 p.m. CDT
  • Idabel, Oklahoma: 1:45-1:49 p.m. CDT
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: 1:51-1:54 p.m. CDT
  • Poplar Bluff, Missouri: 1:56-2:00 p.m. CDT
  • Paducah, Kentucky: 2-2:02 p.m. CDT
  • Carbondale, Illinois: 1:59-2:03 p.m. CDT
  • Evansville, Indiana: 2:02-2:05 p.m. CDT
  • Cleveland, Ohio: 3:13-3:17 p.m. EDT
  • Erie, Pennsylvania: 3:16-3:20 p.m. EDT
  • Buffalo, New York: 3:18-3:22 p.m. EDT
  • Burlington, Vermont: 3:26-3:29 p.m. EDT
  • Lancaster, New Hampshire: 3:27-3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Caribou, Maine: 3:32-3:34 p.m. EDT

The eclipse’s journey begins in Mexico before crossing into the U.S. through Texas. From there, the path of totality, spanning approximately 115 miles in width, extends northeastward, traversing 13 states. The eclipse concludes in Maine before making its way to the maritime provinces of Canada.

Major cities along the path of totality include San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Rochester and Syracuse, New York.

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