Vermont Arts Council

Total Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024

The golden ring of a total eclipse shine in the dark.
Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash.

Get ready for the total solar eclipse in Northern and Western Vermont on Monday, April 8, 2024! Starting at 3:26 p.m., the eclipse will darken Vermont skies for about 3 minutes.

Observers in the United States along the “100% line” (the center blue line on this map) will experience a total solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. Much of northern and parts of western Vermont will be within the eclipse’s 70- to 80-mile-wide path of totality. It will appear as if dawn or dusk, and if it’s a cloudy day (what day in April in Vermont is not!), it will be as dark as midnight.

According to ScienceNews, compared with the last total eclipse that crossed the United States, in 2017, the 2024 total eclipse will last longer, the sky will be darker, and the sun itself will put on a much livelier show with a bright, corona ring.

A total eclipse occurs about once every year and a half, but each eclipse can only be visible from certain parts of the globe. The last total eclipse in Vermont happened in 1932, and you won’t see the next one in the Green Mountain State until 2106.


We’re providing this web page to help Vermont’s arts and culture sector plan for the thousands of visitors expected to our state to witness the eclipse. Locals and visitors alike will be gathering atop mountains, in state parks, by ponds and lakes—and at concerts, festivals, and cultural events where they can experience the celestial thrill collectively. How is your organization planning to join the celebrations?

Eclipse-Related Arts and Culture Events

How To Promote Your Event

Perhaps you’re planning an eclipse-related performance, exhibit, show, or festival during the days surrounding the event. What better way to attract an audience and show visitors all the amazing creativity Vermont has to offer? The Vermont Arts Council’s Art Calendar, seen by thousands across the state, has a new category for eclipse-related events. Be sure to select the “Eclipse Related” category when you submit your event listings. The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) also has an events calendar with an eclipse category, Vermontvacation.com Events Calendar. VDTM also has a dedicated eclipse page to help you plan where to view it. Read our blog post to find out about the different types of calendars available for submitting events.

Vermont Events

When Light Bends, Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, March 22-24

A play with music that riffs on the science of relativity with interludes of magic and illusion, “When Light Bends” tells the story of Albert Einstein’s struggle to complete his General Theory of Relativity and Arthur Eddington’s fight to confirm that theory by observing the positions of the stars during the 1919 solar eclipse. This collaboration between two scientists on opposite sides of World War I is paired with a celestial fable of two lovers searching for a closer connection to each other, as they rush to reach the path of totality during 2024’s eclipse before it’s too late. In both tales, our protagonists are forced to update their beliefs, and uncover hidden truths, in the face of the complex, the simple, and the sublime. The piece will incorporate sleight of hand and optical illusion accompanied by intermittent music, inviting the audience to come together over the mysterious and fleetingly knowable. Created and commissioned by Media Art Xploration (MAX). Read our feature about the performance.

Sun+Moon+YOU, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, April 8

Be part of the excitement in St. Johnsbury to experience the eclipse totality with Jane Lindholm, creator, host, and executive producer of “But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids,” and Mark Breen, director of our Lyman Spitzer Jr Planetarium and producer of “Eye on the Night Sky.” Or from 2:30 – 4 p.m., tune in to Vermont Public from wherever you are to experience a full or partial eclipse on radio, TV, and livestream on YouTube.

Obscura BTV, Burlington, April 8

For all things eclipse related in Burlington. In addition to official viewing sites at Waterfront Park, Battery Park, Perkins Pier, City Hall Park, and Roosevelt Park, there will be events throughout the city, with community venues and organizations programming their own events in addition to direct Obscura programming. Stay tuned to this site for regular programming updates.

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Eclipse Programming through May 12

ECHO will host activities, viewings, and educational programming before and during the eclipse, including a Solar Eclipse Festival, Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, and a ticketed eclipse viewing party on April 8.

Solar Eclipse at Shelburne Museum, April 8

Museum grounds will be open along with the Weathervane Café, the Carousel, Round Barn and, depending on the weather conditions, a limited number of buildings. A limited number of tickets will be available. For an extra-special experience, “Totality on the Ti!” includes lunch and bar, a souvenir booklet, viewing glasses, and exclusive access to the decks of the National Historic Landmark steamboat Ticonderoga.

University of Vermont Events, April 8

The Vermont Space Grant Consortium and University of Vermont are teaming up with colleges and organizations across the state to bring safe, exciting, and educational events to UVM’s campus for students, faculty, staff, and university partners. Although the programming is not intended for a general public audience, the page has plenty of other resources for non-UVM eclipse viewers.

Resources

NASA’s Full Interactive OpenStreetMap of the April 8, 2024 Eclipse

NASA’s April 8, 2024, Solar Eclipse Website

NASA’s Eye Safety Information

Certified Safe Eclipse Glasses to Order

State of Vermont Eclipse Planning and Resources Page

Vermont League of Cities and Towns Planning and Resources Page

Great American Eclipse: Essential Eclipse Resources

Royalty images and videos from the American Astronomical Society

Resources Connecting Eclipses and Other Fields (Particularly the Humanities)

In the Path of Totality

Seven Days 2024 Vermont Solar Eclipse Guide

Bookmark this page for updates!

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