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When and where to see the April 2024 total solar eclipse in Raleigh

In Raleigh, the maximum view of the phenomenon — when the sun is 78.6% blocked by the moon — is expected at 3:15 p.m.

A black, tan, and green map created by NASA shows a light black band spanning states like Texas, Arkansas, and part of Illinois and Indiana, showing how the path of totality for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

NASA’s map shows the total solar eclipse’s path of totality — Raleigh isn’t in the path, but we’ll still be able to see a partial eclipse.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s today’s total solar eclipse.

According to NASA, while Raleigh isn’t in the eclipse’s path of totality, our region will experience a partial eclipse today from ~1:59 p.m. to ~4:29 p.m. Our maximum view of the phenomenon — when the sun is 78.6% blocked by the moon — is expected at 3:15 p.m.

Remember, you’ll need a pair of solar viewers to safely see the eclipse; be sure to brush up on NASA’s safety guidelines.

If you’re looking to join a free viewing party, try these:

  • The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party | 2-4:30 p.m. | Wake Forest Community Library | Registration is required to snag a pair of eclipse viewing glasses.
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Party | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Holly Springs Community Library | Make eclipse-themed art and “galaxy slime,” and view the eclipse with glasses provided by the library.
  • Solar Eclipse Party | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Wendell Community Library | Enjoy space-themed activities; the first 50 people to register get a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses.

If you’ve got your solar viewers are plan to catch the eclipse at a local park to catch the solar eclipse, these are some of our favorites:

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