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Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Start planning to view the next solar eclipse in Vermont. Vermont’s location within the 2024 total solar eclipse’s path of totality makes it a good place to take in the wonder and spectacle of this natural event.

Whether you live in Vermont or are visiting to witness this generational spectacle, ensuring everyone can take in this year’s eclipse safely is our top priority.

On April 8, 2024 at 2:14 p.m., a partial solar eclipse will begin, and at 3:26 p.m., a total eclipse will darken Vermont’s daytime sky, lasting about 3 minutes. The phenomenon will continue as a partial eclipse until 4:37 p.m.


Eclipse Etiquette

  • Find a Viewing Location – Make sure the place you are planning to watch the eclipse is safe, open, accessible, and welcoming visitors. Plan to arrive ahead of time and bring warm layers of clothing.
  • Plan for Lodging and Travel – Lodging and camping opportunities are limited; reserve a place to stay in advance. When traveling, plan your route, use transportation sites for updates, and expect extended delays. Fill your car with gas ahead of time and pack water and snacks in case you are stuck in traffic for an extended period.
  • Be Considerate of Others – Many people will want to visit Vermont to view the eclipse. Make sure to respectfully share spaces with your neighbors. Be kind and enjoy the natural phenomenon.
  • Follow Guidelines – Listen to officials and follow posted regulations. Sign up for alerts and follow local social media messaging #VTEclipse. Check local ordinances, fire danger reports, trail access information, and other guidelines.
  • Respect Wildlife and Natural Areas – April is a difficult time for Vermont’s wildlife and natural areas. Natural surface trails will be closed because of muddy and icy conditions. Stick to valleys and open areas to avoid damaging recreational trails and trampling vegetation. If you encounter wildlife, keep your distance and leave the area.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly – High volume events and remote locations may make accessing trash and recycling options challenging. Pack out everything that you pack in, including any garbage. 


Observation Safety

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun; they transmit far more sunlight than is safe for our eyes.

  • Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer in front of your eyes — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

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Updates and Alerts

When planning to view the 2024 Eclipse, it is important to stay up to date on changes, news, and emergency information.

Travel Information

When traveling to and around Vermont for the 2024 Eclipse, it is important to monitor the most recent travel advisories and updates.


Many towns will report road closures to WAZE, which will be displayed on the app. Not all towns will report road interruptions, so the app will not be all-inclusive. Please respect road closures and detours. Vermont Emergency Management will also have some road closures listed:


Don’t be overdependent upon navigation apps, have a map, or a downloaded or paper copy of your likely route.


Vermont State Roads: This includes road closures, traffic incidents, road cameras, locations of charging stations, and more.

Eclipse Map

Map of Vermont where the eclipse can be seen