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Solar Eclipse in Montgomery County – Monday, April 8, 2024


On Monday, April 8, the southeastern portion of Montgomery County, Indiana will experience a total solar eclipse. This includes Crawfordsville. The remaining northwestern area will experience a partial solar eclipse. No matter where you are in Montgomery County, this will be a rare and historic astrological event.

In Crawfordsville, 1:05 minutes of total darkness will occur at approximately 3:06pm EDT.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens at the exact moment the Moon aligns completely between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun from Earth. During this period, which lasts only minutes, total darkness will occur, depending on where on Earth you are located.

What do the Experts Have to Say?

Click on the image below to listen to Wabash College Physics Professor, Gaylon Ross, explain to WCDQ-FM’s Dave Peach the significance of the 2024 total Solar Eclipse.

What is a Partial Solar Eclipse?

A partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the sun. In this occurrence, partial darkness and shadows result.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Safety Tips

It is critically important to protect your eyes from the sun when viewing a total or partial eclipse. During the event, the sun’s rays are so concentrated, they can reach the back of your eye and cause damage to the retina. For protection, use special eclipse viewing glasses, a certified viewing card or alternative methods. Avoid binoculars, telescopes, any type of glasses, including regular sunglasses.

The Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, will be the last significant solar eclipse until August 2044 (20 years!!). So, you won’t want to miss this one. We invite you to experience this rare event with us in Montgomery County, Indiana.

Solar Eclipse Special Events

Register now for the Total Eclipse of the Art 5K fundraiser benefitting Athens Arts in Crawfordsville on Saturday, April 6. Raceday registration begins at 8am. The race commences at 9am starting and ending at The Christ Lutheran Church.

Get Mooned in MOCO on Monday, April 8 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Bring the family for live entertainment, food vendors and viewing the eclipse. Free viewing glasses, while supplies last. Bring a lawn chair and find the perfect spot.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and watch the eclipse at the Crawfordsville District Public Library Pavilion. Free eclipse viewing glasses, while supplies last. Snacks and eclipse education will be presented.

Get ghoulish on eclipse day! “Seeking Casper” is hosting a paranormal event on Monday, April 8 during the eclipse. Let’s discover what happens in the spirit world when the Earth, Moon and Sun align! Get creepy from noon until 6 p.m. We will take a ghost hunting break to view the total eclipse – solar eclipse glasses will be provided. Advanced tickets required.

On Monday, April 8, the grounds of the Lew Wallace Study and Museum will be open to total eclipse viewers. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and your viewing glasses or devices. All are welcome.

Mark this rare total solar eclipse in history. Meet at the Pine Shelter at the Shades State Park at 9am in Waveland to write a letter to your future self, family member or stranger that tells where you were on the day of the 2024 Total Eclipse in Indiana. Get crafty and creative or keep it simple. Your creation will be preserved in a time capsule to be opened far in the future.

Reclaimed by Grace (RBG Threads) will be celebrating the total solar eclipse with a sale, prizes and a kids coloring contest. Stop by Monday, April 8.

On Monday, April 8 the Emporium 109 restaurant in Ladoga, Indiana (just 20 minutes from Crawfordsville) will host an All Day Eclipse Party. Specials will include an eclipse burger, solar flare fries and drink specials. Eclipse viewing on site.

Bring chairs and a blanket to view the solar eclipse at Lake Waveland Park in Waveland, Indiana. Eclipse glasses, snacks and drinks available, while supplies last. Camping available. Call 765-435-2073 to reserve a camp site. Click here for more information.

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Photo credits: Unsplash – Justin Dickey, eclipse photo, Unsplash – Jason Howell, glasses photo