Few phenomena capture the human imagination quite like a solar eclipse. And, on April 8, 2024, spectators can watch an awe-inspiring display as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s light.

The track of the moon’s shadow across the Earth’s surface is called the “path of totality.” To see a total solar eclipse, you must be within that path, which will cross over parts of northwestern Pennsylvania. Residents and visitors there will experience a partial eclipse beginning at 2:02 p.m., totality beginning at 3:16 p.m., and lasting almost four minutes.

Most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90% coverage range, so while Cumberland Valley lies outside the path of totality, visitors and residents can still enjoy an excellent viewing experience for this cosmic event, weather permitting.

In general, the eclipse will begin around 2 pm and end around 4:30 pm.

Tips to Maximize Your Solar Eclipse Viewing Experience

  1. Choose the right viewing spot. Cumberland Valle’s picturesque settings – from open fields to tranquil parks, provide ample opportunities for unobstructed views of the sky. Prioritize areas with minimal light pollution and a clear line of sight to the horizon.
  2. Protect Your Eyes. Use proper eye protection to safeguard your eyes. Specialized solar eclipse glasses are designed to filter out harmful light, allowing you to observe the eclipse safely. Obtain the glasses in advance from reputable sources to ensure their effectiveness. Alternatively, you can use a handheld solar viewer that complies with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. While you might want to take photos, viewing the eclipse through an unfiltered camera lens can also cause permanent eye injuries.
  3. Check local TV weather reports for advice from meteorologists on viewing the eclipse. (Tip courtesy of GreatAmericanEclipse.com)

Solar Eclipse Events in Cumberland Valley

If you can't view the event in person, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources suggests watching the Exploratorium solar eclipse livestream.

Whether you are a seasoned astronomer or a novice, we hope you have an unforgettable experience viewing the solar eclipse in Cumberland Valley.