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On April 8, 2024, at approximately 3:04 p.m., a total solar eclipse will travel from Mexico through the U.S. to the maritime provinces of Canada. The City of Bloomington is ideally situated for optimal viewing in the very center of the path of totality.

While the eclipse itself will last approximately four minutes and two seconds, we have a weekend of activities planned!


Eclipse Event

April 8, 2024 at Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers St.

Live music, food trucks, crafts & games!


Check back for more details on the eclipse-themed events taking place at Switchyard Park before the big day!

  • Friday, April 5 - Solar Trivia Night & Food Truck Friday
    Trivia question: Total solar eclipses are particularly important because they allow scientists to see a part of the Sun’s atmosphere – known as the _____________ – which is too faint to see except when the bright light of the Sun’s surface is blocked.
    Do you know the answer? Come to Solar Trivia Night on 4/5/24 - and scroll to the bottom of this page in the meantime to see if you're right!
  • Saturday, April 6 - Movie in the Park: October Sky (1999, Rated PG)
    The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA engineer.  
  • Sunday, April 7 - Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
  • Monday, April 8 - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE!
    This website will be updated with information about which city parks, facilities, and trails will be open for eclipse viewing. 


Click here to learn more about our solar system and the upcoming eclipse from the experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Click here for an update from National Eclipse about the 2024 eclipse in Bloomington


Click here to visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website for DNR properties located in the path of totality — perfect spots to view the phenomenon.


Click here to check out the Visit Bloomington website for more information about planning a trip to Bloomington or nearby areas to view the eclipse.


Click here to find out how to join WonderLab for the upcoming solar eclipse.


Answer to the trivia question: Corona