Witness the 2024 total solar eclipse in Columbus, Indiana
Columbus, Indiana, is in the path of totality for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, and we could not be more excited!
Plans are under way for a variety of special events that will take place in Bartholomew County beginning Friday, April 5, and culminating on the afternoon of April 8 at 3:04 pm during the eclipse itself.
Check this page for details as they become available, including lodging information and a full calendar of events.
Non-Profit event grants available – DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 14, 2024
Apply for funding to support your eclipse event! Non-profit organizations planning events for April 5-8, 2024, may apply now.
To obtain eclipse logo appropriate for your organization, contact ehawkins[at]columbus.in.us or 812-378-2622.
Solar eclipse viewing safety
It is extremely important to protect your eyes when viewing the eclipse – without protection, the sun’s rays will focus in the back of the eye and damage the retina.
The damage may not be noticed until hours or days later and cause you to see straight lines as wavy, notice a spot in vision, and have blurred vision.
To protect your eyes, obtain a special, certified viewing card or use other methods such as pinhole projectors or finger lacing.
Solar eclipse FAQs
Q / When is the total solar eclipse coming to Indiana?
A / In the Columbus area, which is just an hour south of Indianapolis, the partial eclipse begins at 1:50 p.m. ET and ends at 4:23 p.m. ET. In the middle of that time, from 3:05:52 ET to 3:09:54 ET, the total eclipse occurs.
Q / Do I need certified eclipse glasses to look up at the eclipse?
A / You do need to wear eclipse glasses during the partial eclipse. However, during the approximately four minutes of totality, it is safe to view the eclipse without glasses.
Q / How often do total solar eclipses happen?
A / Total solar eclipses are a rare phenomenon. The last total solar eclipse visible in the United States was in 2017. After the one that is upcoming in 2024, the next one visible from North America will not be until 2044.