Apr 5, 2024 - Eclipse

How to see the solar eclipse in Seattle

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

A glimpse of this month's once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse is already one of the country's hottest attractions, and while the Seattle area is nowhere near the path of totality, weather permitting, we may get a peek at the phenomenon.

Why it matters: If we get a break between clouds on Monday morning, as National Weather Service Seattle meteorologist Dev McMillian predicts, Seattleites should be able to see the Moon passing in front of the bottom fifth of the Sun.

  • The eclipse begins for Seattle viewers around 10:39am, peaks at 11:29am and will be over by 12:21pm, per Time and Date.

The big picture: While Seattle will only experience a partial eclipse, as the Moon's shadow passes northeast across North America it should completely engulf several major U.S. cities in shadow.

Threat level: Make sure you wear eclipse glasses or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2, designed for Sun gazing; looking directly at the Sun can permanently damage your retinas.

Worthy of your time: UW Astronomy is hosting an eclipse viewing event in the courtyard of the Physics-Astronomy Building 10:30am–12:30pm Monday and will have telescopes and eclipse glasses.

What's next: Still feeling FOMO? Mark your calendar for March 13 next year, when Seattle will get to see a total lunar eclipse of the blood Moon at midnight.

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