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Celebrate the 2024 Solar Eclipse with COSI!

On the afternoon of Monday April 8th, 2024, Ohio will be one of the states to experience a total solar eclipse during the Great North American Solar Eclipse! Downtown Columbus, where COSI is located, will be at 99.6% totality, and we are excited to celebrate this epic experience with you!

By working with partners to engage, inspire, and transform lives and communities across the country, COSI is creating epic experiential activities, including our new Solar Connects Kit, to bring the magic of science to life for the total solar eclipse. Do not miss your chance to be involved – the next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in 2099!

Schedule of Events:
COSI will support the 2024 Great North American Solar Eclipse in various ways to engage and educate the public about this celestial event. Check out the description of events below and sign up for updates to keep informed.
  • Eclipse Viewing Event at COSI: Join us at COSI on Monday, April 8th, 2024, for a full day of fun, hands-on activities! Our team will also be passing out thousands of free eclipse glasses.
  • Eclipse Viewing Events: COSI will support partners hosting solar eclipse viewing events on April 8 with a combination of activities, Team Members, and Solar Kit distributions to ensure the eclipse is an educational and memorable experience for all. COSI is also emphasizing the importance of eclipse safety by providing guidance on how to view the eclipse safely with proper eye protection.
  • MORE COSI EVENTS COMING SOON! Sign up here to receive updates.

Get Engaged with COSI:
Below you will find ways to get engaged with COSI and the total solar eclipse at home, digitally, and in your community.
  • COSI Eclipse Glasses: Purchase your safe, NASA-approved solar eclipse glasses here.
  • CONNECTS Digital Solar Experience: Explore a themed, digital education experience that you can access anywhere. COMING SOON. Until then, check out other digital content here.
  • Solar Connects Kit: COSI has developed a fun, innovative STEM kit filled with hours of fun, hands-on content for grades K-8 all about the sun! Each kit includes a pair of solar glasses and is applicable before, during, and after the 2024 Great North American Solar Eclipse. Purchase your kit TODAY!
  • Citizen Science Projects: Interested in participating in real research connected with the eclipse? COSI encourages interested individuals ages 13 and up to connect with projects like Eclipse Soundscapes, to record temperature and animal behavior during the eclipse.
  • Dr. B in 3: Learn the basics of important science topics in 3-minute episodes of COSI’s award-winning animated series, Dr. B in 3. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/@cosiscience and stay tuned for a special Eclipse episode in 2024!
  • Live Streaming: For those who cannot attend in person, COSI will live-stream the eclipse, supported by expert commentary and explanations during the event. Details COMING SOON.

ECLIPSE FAQS

+ - What is a total solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People located in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, and with protective eclipse glasses over their eyes, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona. This outer atmosphere of the Sun is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

+ - Where can I see the solar eclipse?

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur, and its path of totality will cross the United States from southwest to northeast. This eclipse is often referred to as the "Great North American Eclipse" because it will be visible across a broad swath of North America. The path of totality will start in Mexico, cross through several U.S. states including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and finally pass into Canada.

This eclipse is special because total solar eclipses, where the Moon completely covers the Sun, are relatively rare events in any given location. They create a unique and awe-inspiring astronomical spectacle as the sky darkens during totality, revealing the Sun's outer atmosphere, known as the corona. The 2024 eclipse, in particular, will be of great interest to astronomers, skywatchers, and the general public, and it will provide an opportunity for many people in North America to witness a total solar eclipse without having to travel long distances.

Learn more about these eclipses, their timing and paths here.

+ - Will I need some sort of protection for my eyes? Will COSI have resources available?

Eye protection is key during a solar eclipse. Spectators should wear special protective eyewear called solar glasses to protect their eyes from damage. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN.

A limited number of free COSI eclipse glasses will be provided at eclipse events with COSI, as well as for school groups and nonprofits. For those interested in consideration for free glasses please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

+ - I am interested in collaborating with COSI on a potential event; who do I contact?

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+ - I am interested in receiving more info once your events are posted. How can I be the first to know?

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+ - Can you tell me more about COSI’s other large- scale STEM engagement opportunities?

The COSI Science Festival is May 1 - 4, 2024! In its sixth year, COSI hosts the largest STEM event in the Midwest! There are many ways to participate and get involved. Learn more at cosiscifest.org.