Total Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024

Mark your calendars for a once-in-a-lifetime event!

Watch the total solar eclipse from the BGSU campus.

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Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party
April 8 | 1-4:30 p.m.

Doyt Perry Stadium

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast, and Bowling Green, Ohio will be in the path of totality. This means we will have the best view of the eclipse, as the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, completely covering the sun and casting its shadow onto the surface of the Earth.

BGSU will host a large-scale watch party during the hours before and after our three minutes of totality. This family-friendly event will include a variety of fun and educational activities, demonstrations, music, telescope viewing, food, and more! Solar eclipse glasses will be provided for safe viewing, free of charge for all in attendance. Free eclipse glasses will also be available for all BGSU students, faculty and staff in the weeks preceding the eclipse. More details to come.

Free and open to the public.

Visit the State of Ohio's solar eclipse website or the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce solar eclipse website for more information about statewide and local programming related to the eclipse.

Keep an eye on the weather in our area for the total solar eclipse from the National Weather Service.

View other BGSU Eclipse Related Events


Host an eclipse exhibit, activity or demonstration

We are seeking students, student groups, faculty, and classes who would like to contribute to the watch party experience by hosting a table at the stadium on the day of the total solar eclipse, exhibiting some eclipse-related topic or activity (academic, artistic, or cultural). Examples of these activities include: 

  • models of the sun, moon, and earth
  • pinhole cameras and sheets to view the projected sun and take cellphone photos 
  • historical pictures, stories, or legends of eclipses
  • solar corona chalk art, coloring books, other art activities
  • kids (K-12) activities

Eclipse educational videos

Learn more from BGSU astronomers and WBGU by watching these eclipse videos.

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Pinhole Projection Viewer

Make a Pinhole Projection Viewer to safely view a solar eclipse

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Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide

Wear your eclipse glasses during parital phases when looking at the sun. Even a sliver is too bright!
For the three minutes of totality between 3:11-3:14 p.m., it is safe to look directly at the sun without your eclipse glasses.

April 8, 2024 The Next Solar Eclipse

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Updated: 02/02/2024 04:25PM