Experience the Eclipse April 8

Embark on a celestial adventure in the heart of Arkansas during the highly anticipated Great North American Eclipse of 2024. Claim your viewing spot in the path of totality, stretching from the southwest corner to the northeast tip of The Natural State. Whether you crave the vibrant energy of a lively crowd or yearn for the serenity of wide-open spaces, Arkansas offers it all. Don't miss the opportunity to witness this phenomenon – let Arkansas be your front-row seat to the event of the year.

Solar Eclipse in Arkansas

 

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The Great North American Eclipse

KEY DETAILS ABOUT THE ECLIPSE:

  • Path of Totality: The path of totality will stretch over 100 miles across The Natural State, extending from the southwest to the northeast. In some locations, lucky observers will experience over four minutes of total darkness.
     
  • Counties and Cities: 53 of Arkansas' 75 counties will fall within the path of totality, including major cities like Little Rock, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Conway, and Jonesboro.
     
  • Planning Your Adventure: Whether you want to be on water, in an urban setting, away from crowds, or at a park or museum, Arkansas boasts an abundance of great locations for your eclipse adventure.

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FAQs

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), “a total solar eclipse is not noticeable until the sun is more than 90 percent covered by the moon. At 99 percent coverage, daytime lighting resembles local twilight.”

What is the path of totality?

The path of totality is, in the simplest terms, the shadow of the moon crossing the earth. It’s the area where you can see the moon fully cover the sun. During the Great North American Eclipse of 2024, Arkansas’s path of totality includes nearly 2/3 of the state.

What is a partial eclipse?

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth, but the sun, moon and earth are not perfectly aligned. Only a portion the sun will appear to be covered, giving it a crescent shape.

Where in Arkansas is the best place to experience the eclipse in April 2024?

Nearly 2/3 of Arkansas will be in the path of totality. The closer you are to the center of the line of totality, the longer the time of darkness. How do you want to experience the eclipse…on the water, in an urban setting, in a remote area, at a state park or at a museum offering special activities? Arkansas offers eclipse visitors a vast choice of locations to experience this solar event. Hang out with thousands of other gazers or find a secluded spot to enjoy the eclipse alone. The Natural State has a variety of areas and landscapes to choose from. Just remember you’ll want to be somewhere the sky is not obscured by buildings or trees.

What is the difference between a full solar eclipse and a partial eclipse?

In a partial eclipse, the sun is only “partially” obscured and not completely blocked by the moon.

Will I need special glasses to watch the eclipse?

Absolutely yes! If you’re watching the event, either the total eclipse or the partial, and want to look at the sun, you must have specific glasses or viewers. They must be ISO 12312-2 certified, which is the international safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the sun. In 2017, online companies were selling “counterfeit” eclipse glasses. It is imperative to know that your glasses are safe. Sunglasses and welding visors are not safe. The only time that it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye is during the time of full totality of the sun.

Many libraries across the state will have glasses available to card holders, you can check with your local library to see if they are participating. You can also visit the American Astronomical Society website for a list of suppliers of safe solar viewers and filters. If you are a public school student, teacher or staff member in the state of Arkansas, The Arkansas STEM Coalition will be providing free eclipse glasses for everyone, including for all those at open-enrollment charter schools. Learn more about those here

What should I expect during the eclipse?

Whether in the full path of totality or in the partial eclipse, certain things will happen. The sun will be obscured in Arkansas at least 94% across the state. The temperature will drop. Check out this great article on how the “natural” world “reacts” during a solar eclipse

Are there educational resources for the eclipse?

On April 8, 2024, Arkansas IDEAS will provide a one-hour live stream of the solar eclipse from multiple Arkansas locations: DeQueen, Petit Jean State Park, Russellville and Jonesboro.

The Great Arkansas Eclipse will feature community members from each location, as well as scientific insights from both national and local physics and astronomy experts. Schools in session, as well as those outside the path of totality, are invited to hold school-wide streaming events to join in the excitement.

Watch the live stream on April 8 Live Eclipse Event.

Arkansas IDEAS also will release a full-length documentary and professional development courses this summer. The resources will feature interviews and footage, along with accompanying classroom resources aligned to the Arkansas K-12 Science Standards.