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Happy Monday! So … anything special happening in the world today?

⛅️ Today's weather: Partly sunny with a high of 73. Cross your fingers for clear skies during the eclipse.

Sounds like: "Starman" by David Bowie.

Situational awareness: Follow real-time traffic alerts and delays at

Today's newsletter is 885 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: 😎 Your solar eclipse cheat sheet

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

Who's ready for a rare celestial phenomenon?

State of play: Here is what you need to know to get the most out of today's solar eclipse:

⏰ Get your timing down.

  • The partial eclipse starts at 1:55pm. That's when the moon begins to block a portion of the sun.
  • If you're watching from the path of the totality, expect the period of darkness during daytime around 3:10pm with a duration of between 90 seconds to 4 minutes, depending on your location.
  • The partial eclipse here in Columbus continues until 4:27pm.

πŸ’― If you're able, head toward the path of totality.

  • That's where you can experience the unusual nighttime-at-daytime effect.
  • Consult a map to find your best last-minute option.

🏁 Things may get hectic, so don't dawdle.

  • Ohio is drawing a ton of tourists. If you're driving, leave early and expect delays.
  • The state recommends filling your tank and packing extra supplies.
  • COTA is running more buses than usual today and created this interactive map featuring transit-accessible public viewing locations.

πŸ“Ί Or stay home and watch from there.

😎 Don't forget your eclipse glasses. Except during the brief total eclipse, you shouldn't look directly at the sun.

The intrigue: Ohio Department of Natural Resources is using LightSound technology at 29 state parks and other locations to help those who are blind or have low vision experience the eclipse.

  • ODNR is also looking for residents' help observing how animals react to the rare event.

πŸ“¬ We want to hear about your eclipse-viewing experience!

  • Reply to this newsletter or email us at [email protected] to share your favorite observations.

The bottom line: This won't happen again in Ohio until 2099.

  • So make your few minutes count and take it all in.

2. 🧐 Bill Nye's eclipse viewing tips

Bill Nye sports a pair of eclipse glasses. Photo: Courtesy of the Planetary Society

Bill Nye the Science Guy plans to watch the eclipse at a Texas camping festival and shared viewing tips with our friends at Axios Austin:

Stop and listen: "When it really goes completely dark, it's just amazing. The birds chirp. The crickets cricket. There's usually a bit of a breeze because the ground gets cool and then that cold air is squeezing the warm air up and makes a little bit of a breeze."

Skip the selfie: "Try to be in the moment. Do not focus β€” pun intended β€” on taking pictures. Try to just really be there. It's cool."

Look up: "While looking through your eclipse glasses, look out for a couple of bright points of light at the edges, as the moon passes between the sun and the Earth."

  • "You might see two or even three very bright points of light, and that's where the light is passing by mountains and valleys on the moon. If I may, how cool is that?"

Nye's other tips

3. Nutshells: Your local news roundup

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸŽ“ Entrepreneur and musician Christopher Pan will give Ohio State's 2024 spring commencement speech. (OSU)

πŸ’°Β Senate candidate Bernie Moreno of Ohio is among the Republicans benefitting from lucrative Mar-a-Lago fundraisers. (Axios)

🍦 Sweetful, a dessert cafe featuring milkshakes, doughnuts and pie, will soon open in Franklinton. (Columbus Underground)

4. πŸ—ΊοΈ Stat du jour: Our daily travels

Average daily miles traveled per person
Data: Replica; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

People may be traveling long distances for today's eclipse, but the average Franklin County resident travels 35 miles a day.

  • That's compared to the national average of 42 daily miles, per data from mobility analytics platform Replica, which is based on anonymized mobile device info, roadside sensors, transit agencies and more.

Why it matters: These numbers offer a compelling snapshot of differing mobility trends and needs across the country.

  • They factor in all forms of transportation, including personal vehicles, public transportation, taxis/rideshares, walking, biking, etc.

Zoom in: Franklin residents tend to travel a little farther than residents of Cuyahoga County in Cleveland, which had the state's lowest number of average daily miles traveled, at 31.5 per day.

  • Meanwhile, neighboring Fairfield County had the highest miles traveled of any Ohio county tracked by Replica, racking up 47.8 miles per day.

Zoom out: Manhattan residents had the lowest number of average miles traveled in the country, with 12.9.

  • And Monroe County, Pennsylvania, had the highest, with an average of 70 miles traveled per day.

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5. 🍽 Columbites: '24 food arrivals and departures

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

If you're looking to eat out this week, we suggest these new restaurants that have opened in 2024:

🍩 Mochi Ring: A chain known for its colorful rice flour doughnuts and "viral corndogs" rolled in breadcrumbs, french fries and even Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Opened March 23.

  • 11am-8pm Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesdays. 1144 Kenny Centre Mall.

🀠 PBR Cowboy Bar: Smokehouse eats and a mechanical bull to cap off your trip to Easton. Opened Feb. 29.

  • 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-2am Thursday-Saturday, 3950 Gramercy St.

🍲 PJ Hot Pot: A social meal with a variety of hot pot and Korean BBQ options. Opened Feb. 2.

  • Noon-10pm Monday-Thursday, noon-10:30pm Friday and Saturday, noon-9:30pm Sunday, 6100 Sawmill Road, Dublin.

πŸͺ Lion Cub's Cookies: A second location for this local cookie powerhouse with a rotating lineup. Opened March 8.

  • 8am-10pm Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-9pm Sunday, closed Mondays. 7105 N. High St., Worthington.

Yes, but: A number of restaurants have closed so far this year, including Grand Tavern in Grandview Heights, a pair of Weenie Wonder locations and Goodwood Brewery in the Arena District.

😒 Our thought bubble: We're still sad about the February closure of El Segundo Mexican Kitchen, a Cameron Mitchell joint featured in the inaugural Axios Columbus newsletter.

This newsletter was edited by Lindsey Erdody and copy edited by Kate Sommers-Dawes and Anjelica Tan.

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✌️ Tyler wishes everybody a very happy eclipse day.

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ Alissa is on maternity leave.