Solar Eclipse 2024
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be seen from parts of Maine. The planetary math magic that allows for the moon to block the sun is pure luck – the sun is about 400 times larger than our tiny moon but the moon is about 400 times closer to us than the sun, meaning that it can periodically block the sun completely from earth’s view.
In 2024, the moon will completely cover the sun for about three minutes and the eclipse’s path of totality will only be visible in several states including parts of Maine and parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. This is the last total solar eclipse in this hemisphere for 20 years and you won’t want to miss it!
While all of Maine will experience the eclipse, only some communities are in its path of totality, where the umbra – or moon’s shadow – will be completely covering the sun, creating an eerily darkened sky and a glowing ring around the sun. Most of Aroostook County will be in the path of totality and communities are gearing up for a day of excitement. Houlton is the last town in the continental U.S. to see the event and one of the places to experience the longest period of total darkness in Maine. Other area towns along the path include Island Falls and Presque Isle. Aroostook County is also where the Maine Solar System Model is located and perfect for visitors looking to enjoy further celestial wonders. The Maine Solar System is the largest 3-D scale model of the solar system in the western hemisphere and spans nearly 100 miles from Houlton to Presque Isle along Route 1.
Other regions in Maine will be in the path of totality and include the towns of Millinocket, Rangeley, Greenville, Jackman, and Carrabassett Valley will also experience approximately three minutes of totality.
Please be sure to plan ahead if you are traveling to one of the various Maine locations in the path of totality. Lodging and other amenities are limited in early April. Be sure to have reservations in advance and plan for unpredictable weather.