Total Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024 - Total Eclipse


Map of North America showing Path of TotalityOn April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross the North American continent, passing Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The eclipse will be unique, as over 31 million people live inside the path of totality and over half of the US population lives within 250 miles of it. Because this will be a total eclipse, at peak the Sun will be completely blocked (aside from the corona) and the sky will darken as if it were late dusk or early dawn. Major cities within the path of totality include: San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Montreal, and our own Cleveland.

Where to Find Us – Department Activities

Professor Resnick Photographing EclipseLeading to and during the eclipse the Cleveland State University Physics Department will be involved in various eclipse-related activities as follows:

  • Booth at the Total Eclipse Fest 2024, April 6th – 8th - a partnership of the Great Lakes Science Center and the NASA Glenn Center: (coordinated by Petru Fodor, Tara Peppard and Miroslav Bogdanovski with participation from Andy Resnick, Alex Borisov and Sebastian Sensale Rodriguez)
  • Eclipse Seminar Series (organized by Kiril Streletzky, Petru Fodor, and the Society of Physics Students):
Date Place Speaker Title
Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 11:30 am SR 151 Ygal Kaufman, Ideastream Public Radio The Eclipse and Film
Thursday, February 29, 2024, 11:30 am BH 202 Adam Sonstegard, Cleveland State University, English How a Graphic Novelist Almost Eclipsed Mark Twain
Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 11:30 am SR 151 Andrew Resnick, Cleveland State University, Physics

Eclipse Photography (abstract, presentation, video)

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 11:30 am SR 151 Timothy Dolch, Hillsdale College, Physics Student-Driven Radio Observations of the Sun and the Ionosphere During the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 am SR 151 Joseph Glaser, West Virginia University NANOGrav - Discovering the Gravitational Hum of the Universe
  • CPL Eclipse FlyerSociety of Physics Students (SPS) outreach in the Cleveland Public Libraries (CPL) supported by an SPS Marsh W. White Award (coordinated by Kiril Streletzky, SPS Advisor; Janna Mino, Hathaway Brown School; Tara Peppard, Physics Lab Operations Manager; Patrick Herron, Jordan Miller, Collin Douglas, Grace Miller, James Taton and many other SPS students; Bernadette Lemak, Marina Márquez, and Isabelle Rew, Cleveland Public Library)
Date Time Location
Friday, February 2, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Hathaway Brown School - "First Sighting" - introduction of eclipse-based outreach to middle- and high-school students
Friday, February 9, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

South Branch, Cleveland Public Library  - "Outreach Totality" - eclipse-related demonstrations for after-school programs, library staff, and the general public.

Friday, February 16, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Sterling Branch, Cleveland Public Library
Friday, February 23, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Collinwood Branch, Cleveland Public Library
Friday, March 1, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Rice Branch, Cleveland Public Library
Friday, March 22, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Rockport Branch, Cleveland Public Library
  • Campus Event FlyerOn Campus Observation Site in collaboration with the Society of Physics Students SPS Zone 7 – Monday, April 8th - see schedule below. Good places to observe the eclipse from campus can be found on the following posted CSU Campus Map. Make sure to follow all regulations and safety notices (coordinated by Kirils Streletzky and the CSU Society of Physics Students Officers)
11:00 - 11:30 am SR Atrium Coffee & Tea with CSU Students, Alumni, Faculty, and SPS students
11:30 am - 12:20 pm SR 151

Presentation: Dr. Thijs Heus (Associate Professor of Physics, Cleveland State University). Dr. Heus will talk about the weather and the eclipse.

12:20 - 1:00pm SR Atrium Pizza lunch break
1:00 - 1:50 pm SR 151

Presentation: Dr. Joseph Glaser (Scientific Computing Specialist, NANOGrav, West Virginia University). Dr. Glaser will talk about the eclipse and the work of radio astronomers at the Geauga County Observatory Park.

2:00 - 4:30 pm Front of SR Weather permitting, eclipse observation will occur outside (Telescope tent, Radio Observation tent).  Eclipse live feeds from NASA [SR 152] and SPS [SR 151] are available inside in case of inclement weather.
  • Eclipse Concert FlyerEclipse Concert by the School of Music Pop/Rock Band led by Chris Vance, Music (with and introduction by Jessica Bickel, Physics)
  • CSU Eclipse Songs Spotify Playlist (curated by Jessica Bickel, Physics and Michael Baumgartner, Music)
  • Outreach at the Natividad Pagan International Newcomers Academy (coordinated by Tara Peppard with participation from many graduate and undergraduate physics students)
  • Featured eclipse article on

During all these events, we will make available our Physics - CSU branded eclipse observation glasses (while supplies last).

Important Times (Cleveland area)

  • The partial eclipse begins at 1:59 pm EDT;
  • The total eclipse begins at 3:13 pm EDT and lasts for 3 minutes and 50 seconds with the peak at 3:15 pm;
  • The partial eclipse ends at 4:28 pm EDT.Local Map of Path Totality

Safe Viewing

SafeViewingNever look directly at the Sun or its reflection without using proper eye protection. During a Solar Eclipse, this applies whenever any part of the Sun, no matter how small, is visible. Regular sunglasses no matter how dark are NOT SAFE for viewing the sun. Only use solar viewers or glasses that comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. These are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses. Children should use solar viewers/glasses only with adult supervision. Also, viewing the solar eclipse through telescopes, binoculars, or camera lenses, even when wearing solar glasses, will instantly lead to an eye injury, as these instruments greatly focus the solar radiation. Use these instruments only if equipped with special-purpose solar filters.

Phones should not be used to take photos of the Sun without placing a filter on their camera. The imaging sensor and lensing system can be easily thermally damaged by solar radiation.