• On the afternoon of Monday, April 8 at approximately 3:18 p.m., a total solar eclipse will pass over Amherst. The total solar eclipse, known as the Great North American Eclipse, will occur in our area as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.

    Amherst lies on the eclipse path of totality centerline and we will experience the total phase of the eclipse. During totality at 3:18 p.m., the sky will darken for more than three minutes as if it were dawn or dusk. Automatic street lights may turn on and animals may go quiet.

    It’s going to be quite a “show in the sky” as the total eclipse occurs. After April 2024, the next partial solar eclipse in our region will be August 12, 2045. The next total solar eclipse over our region will be October 26, 2144.

ACHS Science Teacher Explains the Eclipse!

Total Eclipse Explained: Kids' Version

National Geographic: Solar Eclipse 101

NASA: Path of Totality

Eye Safety

  • The most important consideration for any solar eclipse is eye safety. While it's perfectly safe to view a solar eclipse if you follow safe eclipse viewing procedures, you can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness if you attempt to view an eclipse incorrectly. 

    During an eclipse, you need to wear eclipse glasses, which are specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. We are sending home a pair of solar eclipse glasses for every student in our school district before our Spring Break (March 29-April 8). Help your children so they use eclipse glasses correctly.

    Multilingual 2024 Eclipse Viewing Safety Sheet (select a language and download pdf)

    How to View the Eclipse Safety - from

    Eye Safety During a Total Solar Eclipse - from NASA

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