Mar 8, 2024 - News

Anticipation builds one month out from total solar eclipse in Cleveland

A man looks into the sky with eclipse sunglasses on.

Eyes toward the sky. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

Today marks exactly one month from the event we've all been waiting for.

Why it matters: Destination Cleveland estimates 200,000 visitors will be in town, and seemingly every major local institution is getting in on the action.

Driving the news: On April 8, Cleveland will be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse for the first time in more than 200 years.

  • The eclipse is expected to start at 1:59pm and reach peak darkness at 3:13pm before ending around 4:29pm.

The intrigue: Eclipse mania has been in full swing since Destination Cleveland launched an eclipse tourism campaign a year ago.

Between the lines: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will also host a SolarFest from April 5-8, featuring live music and eclipse-themed artifacts.

The other side: Though most Northeast Ohio counties are hosting events, Summit County is suggesting residents stay home to avoid traffic issues for emergency vehicles.

Pro tip: To view the eclipse safely, you must wear eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2.

  • Glasses are for sale at local venues including Great Lakes Science Center, Clevo Books, Mac's Books, Sixth City Cycles, B & L Comics and Eye Optical Inc.
  • A list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors can be found here.

💭 My thought bubble: I apologize in advance, as this isn't the last story you will read from us about the eclipse leading up to April 8.

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