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2024 Solar Eclipse

Welcome to the information hub for the April 8th 2024 Solar Eclipse in Washington County, IN.

 

Here you will be able to find useful information about the event, places to view the rare phenomenon, locations to stay, retail & restaurant specials, food truck locations, and much more. This web page will be edited constantly up to the date of the event. The Washington County leaders want you to enjoy your time in our beautiful communities. Most importantly, we want you to be safe!

 

Here is what we know:

  • According to NASSA, the 2024 Solar Eclipse is expected to occur over Washington County, IN on Monday, April 8th 2024 around 3 pm for about 3 to 4 minutes with our totality being 98%.
  • This Eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.
  • It is estimated by a Regional Disaster Manager, via an Emergency Response Management System, that Salem, Indiana could see 10k to 15k visitors to see this rare phenomenon in a city with a population of 6,267 creating a possible disaster in our area.
  • In 2017, communities saw millions of dollars in economic impact from the Solar Eclipse spending. Christian County, Kentucky saw $28.5 million in their county.
  • Interstate Highways had traffic jams stretching 10 miles long with roads being bottlenecked with sightseers leaving the areas. This caused traffic to stop at a standstill for four hours and created emergency response issues.
  • After the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, the next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous United States will be on Aug. 23, 2044.
  • We can’t normally see the corona, the Sun’s outer atmosphere, because the Sun’s surface below it is so much brighter. But during a total solar eclipse, the corona becomes visible, offering unique opportunities to study it.
  • When a solar eclipse reaches totality, nocturnal wildlife sometimes wakes up, thinking that it’s nighttime, and non-nocturnal wildlife might think it’s time to head to bed.