Apr 4, 2024 - News

How visible will the eclipse be in Indianapolis

Animated illustration of an air freshener in the shape of a sun being eclipsed hanging off a rear-view mirror.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

We're just a few days away from Indy's turn in the spotlight — er, darkness — but just how much we'll see is up in the air.

The big picture: Indianapolis is in the path of totality for Monday's solar eclipse, expecting more than 100,000 visitors for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

  • We'll be plunged into darkness for nearly four minutes on Monday afternoon as the moon moves in front of the sun, blocking all but the outermost layer of the Sun's atmosphere.

Yes, but: How much we'll see of the eclipse depends largely on cloud cover, which is, apparently, pretty hard to predict.

What they're saying: "Forecasting clouds four days in advance is a difficult process," the National Weather Service's Indianapolis office said Thursday.

  • Meteorologists said there are still a wide range of outcomes possible for the area and a variety of cloud cover types, with varying opacity, that could impact eclipse viewing.
  • Even 100% cloud cover wouldn't necessarily mean 0% eclipse visibility, the office said.

The latest: The most recent forecast is predicting possible rain showers Monday morning before a warm, dry front moves in, hopefully scouring most clouds by the afternoon.

  • The latest model has Indianapolis under roughly 20% cloud cover by 2pm.

Zoom in: The eclipse will begin in Indy at 1:50pm.

  • Totality will start at 3:06pm and last nearly 4 minutes.
  • The eclipse will end by 4:23pm.

Go deeper: Indianapolis eclipse events guide

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