Toledo’s solar eclipse just 2 years away

Toledo's solar eclipse just 2 years away
Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 7:22 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - On Monday, April 8, 2024, the moon will pass across North America and briefly darken the afternoon sky for millions in a path stretching from Mexico and Texas to Maine and eastern Canada. And on that path lies Toledo, Ohio.

“The entire eclipse goes from about 2 to 4:30 or so,” said Michael Cushing, the Director of the Ritter Planetarium at the University of Toledo. “And what I mean by that is, the moon has to slowly move in front of the sun, and that takes time. Totality happens when the moon is completely covering it, roughly about 3:15 in the afternoon.”

Since Toledo sits on the northern edge of the path of totality, the duration of completely darkened skies will vary by location, and not everyone in our viewing area will get the full experience.

“Depending on where in the Toledo area you are, you may get no totality,” Cushing explained. “So, for example, Sylvania, Lambertville, and much of Temperance are out of the path of totality, so they will not actually see totality. So, Toledo really is just on the northern edge of that path.”

You may remember the hype around the solar eclipse back in 2017 that only dimmed the skies a little here in Toledo, but for us that was just a partial solar eclipse.

“It wasn’t a total eclipse,” said Cushing. “This one in two years will be a total eclipse in Toledo.”

And if you’re not sure what to expect… Cushing told us, “I’ve heard people say it starts to get dark, and then the stars come out, and sometimes you can actually see the shadow coming at you. It’s an emotional thing. People that have been to them have said there’s something about it that’s so different from our normal experience that it’s almost spiritual.”

There are currently no events planned in Toledo for the day of the eclipse yet, but the Ritter Planetarium does plan to something for the big day. It’ll be the last time Toledo experiences a total solar eclipse until 2099.

Reporting in downtown Toledo, Derek Witt, 13abc Action News.

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