Butler County is bracing for a once-in-a-lifetime 2024 total solar eclipse

Butler County is bracing for a once-in-a-lifetime 2024 total solar eclipse

HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) – We’re less than six months away from a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse in Ohio.

This means that part of the state will remain dark for several minutes in the middle of the day, and you can experience this locally in Butler County.

The total eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. As the Moon transits between Earth and the Sun, large parts of Ohio will remain dark.

This hasn’t happened in Ohio since 1806 and won’t happen again until 2099.

“If you’ve never seen it before, you don’t realize how important it is, how magical it is and what you’re leaving with it,” said Dr. Wayne Schlingman, director of the Ohio State University Planetarium.

The line on the map below shows its path. Areas in blue, including most of Butler County, will see a total eclipse.

“In the path of totality, it will turn black, the sky will clear out, and if it’s clear we’ll see stars, and just before totality, you’ll see a wall of darkness coming toward you,” Dr. Schlingman said.

Tourism workers in Butler County expect people to travel from all over the area to view the eclipse.

Carly Doenger, senior marketing manager for Travel Butler County, said they have been preparing for at least a year.

“We’ve partnered with a lot of our local organizations and small businesses to plan some different events, activities and hotel deals that you can have,” Doenger said.

And with 300 acres of land at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, it may be one of the best places in Butler County to view this eclipse.

“We’re planning to have about 500 visitors, which is a rough estimate, and we could have a lot more than that,” said Delaney French, marketing director at Pyramid Hill. “We know people will travel for the eclipse, just based on past eclipse numbers.” .

Pyramid Hill will be holding a special viewing party on April 8, and the opening night of the Mounds, Moons and Stars exhibit will be the weekend before. As the day approaches, you can check for updates here.

If you are planning to travel and are looking to stay in a hotel for the eclipse, book it soon.

“I’m amazed at how many people are actually planning in advance so far, but I would especially say that the beginning of the year is going to be an important time to plan your vacation,” Doenger said.

You may remember looking through your solar eclipse glasses in 2017. This totality moved south of Ohio through Kentucky and Tennessee, so many of us saw only a partial eclipse.

As with any total eclipse, millions will migrate toward the midline in April, Dr. Schlingman said.

“I understand now, after seeing it for the first time in 2017, why people fly all over the Earth to see each one of them,” Dr. Schlingman said. “It’s an amazing experience.”

It is never safe to look directly at an eclipse unless you have special solar eclipse glasses.

Organizers of many of Butler County’s viewing events will distribute them in April. You can find events already planned in Butler County here, keep checking back for more events.

If you’re planning to watch at home or on your own, you should consider purchasing it now. Astronomers claim that the closer we get to the eclipse, the harder it is to find them. You can see NASA’s eclipse eye safety tips here.

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