Total Solar Eclipse Viewing: Monday April 8, 2024

Eclipse Countdown

Save the Date

Join us on Monday, April 8th, 2024, to witness the total solar eclipse in Niagara Falls, ranked #11 on National Geographic's "Best of the World" list for travel adventures.

The moon is expected to completely cover the sun in the direct path of totality, making this a rare opportunity to observe this phenomenon. The event will last for almost four minutes, starting at 2:04 pm and ending at 4:31 pm, with totality occurring at 3:18 pm.

The total solar eclipse will traverse North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. After 2024, the next chance to witness such an event in North America will be in more than 20 years.

The City of Niagara Falls and its partners are planning an event on this date that will include entertainment for all to enjoy. Further details of the event will be released shortly.   

Path of Totality and Timing of Eclipse

Where to Watch

Where To Watch

The City of Niagara Falls will be planning designated viewing areas at specific parks throughout the City. A listing of locations and planned activities will be released shortly.

What is a Solar Eclipse

What is a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks any part of the Sun's bright face. It is only possible to look directly at the Sun using a special-purpose solar filter that complies with the transmittance requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase ("totality") when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun's bright face, which happens only within the narrow path of totality. At all other times, looking directly at the Sun is only safe through special-purpose solar filters.

Helpful Viewing Tips

Helpful Viewing Tips

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; discard it if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you usually wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them. Solar eclipse viewing glasses are now available to purchase at the Niagara Falls History Museum's gift shop.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed, partially eclipsed, or annularly eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer in front of your eyes — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing severe injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
Additional Information

Additional Information and Partner Links