Your Full Guide to Philly’s Partial Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

A total eclipse of the sun will traverse the country on Monday, April 8, 2024, during which the Philly region will be plunged into a partial solar eclipse reaching over 90% of totality.

The event — where the path of the moon crosses in front of the sun — will cover nine-tenths of the sun’s surface locally. That makes this a “deep partial” solar eclipse, where the sky will get noticeably darker, brighter stars will be visible and the sun’s profile will be reduced to a slender crescent. (Viewing success is dependent on weather and cloud cover.)

When Is the Partial Solar Eclipse in Philly in 2024?

In Philadelphia, the moon will begin its path across the sun on Monday, April 8, 2024 at 2:08 p.m. and will move from south to west for nearly two-and-a-half hours, until 4:35 p.m.

The mid-eclipse time — when the highest coverage will occur — will be at 3:23:42 p.m.People wearing protective glasses look up to watch the solar eclipse. #2

Why Is the 2024 Eclipse Significant?

Philadelphia won’t experience totality, but this is still a rare and special event as the eclipse reaches 90.1% coverage in the city at its peak.

This is the greatest solar coverage the region has seen since Memorial Day weekend in 1984, which was at 95%. Many will recall the last significant partial non-annular eclipse, on August 21, 2017, when coverage was at 80%.

You won’t want to miss this show, however, as the next partial non-annular eclipse visible in the region with this level of coverage won’t be for another half-century, on May 11, 2078.

Curious when the last solar eclipse with total daytime coverage darkened Philadelphia? That was before the city even existed, in 1478.

Where to Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse in Greater Philadelphia

The eclipse will be viewable from nearly any open space facing southwest away from tree cover across the five counties. But many attractions, parks and businesses will hold local watch parties.

American Philosophical Society in Old City

This free Shoot for the Stars Eclipse event at the American Philosophical Society provides eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last) and offers space-related activities for the whole family (104 S. 5th Street, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., free to attend).

The Franklin Institute on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Join The Franklin Institute and Federal Donuts & Chicken for a free family-friendly party featuring solar viewing stations, a beer garden, limited-time “Solar Eclipse” donuts and live entertainment. Eclipse glasses are available for purchase (222 N. 20th Street, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., free to attend).Exterior view of The Franklin Institute Science Museum with grand stairway leading up to museum …

Bring a shoebox or empty Pringles can and create a homemade eclipse viewer at Glen Foerd’s family-friendly viewing party. The event is donation-based and registration is required (5001 Grant Avenue, noon to 4:30 p.m., registration required).

Independence Visitor Center in Old City

Enjoy views of Independence Hall while watching the eclipse from The Liberty View terrace at the Independence Visitor Center. Protective eyewear is free for the first 50 guests (599 Market Street, 2:08 p.m. to 4:35 p.m., free to attend).

Morris Arboretum & Gardens in Chestnut Hill

At the Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Morris Arboretum & Gardens, kids can make a cereal box viewer while other attendees receive a pair of eclipse glasses. Event attendance is free with general admission (100 E. Northwestern Avenue, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., free with general admission).

Join Temple University’s Department of Physics to watch the eclipse through solar viewing telescopes, on monitors and with protective glasses on campus at Beury Beach (1901 N. 13th Street, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., free to attend).Students sit on blankets and enjoy the outdoors at Beury Beach on Temple University's campus. #2

Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County

Look through a solar telescope, receive a pair of free eclipse glasses (while supplies last) and earn a special Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer badge! This kid-friendly event is being held at Wayne’s Woods picnic area in Valley Forge National Historical Park (8000 S. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., free to attend).

Wagner Free Institute of Science in North Philadelphia

Attendees of Wagner’s free eclipse watch party can borrow eclipse-viewing glasses (limited supply), use a special telescope and listen to NASA’s eclipse live stream. Advance registration is recommended (1700 W. Montgomery Avenue, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., free to attend, registration is recommended).

Spots in Fairmount Park like Lemon Hill or George’s Hill near The Mann Center, the highest point in the city, are great open areas for viewing the eclipse (5201 Parkside Avenue).

At 12 stories up, this rooftop urban park in University City has panoramic views of the city skyline (129 S. 30th Street).A view of the Philadelphia skyline overlooking the Cira Green elevated urban park. #2

How to Watch Safely

No matter from where you watch, make sure to take proper safety precautions, as even that remaining sliver of the sun will be daytime bright. Looking directly without protection can burn the retina, even through a phone, camera or binoculars.A child wears protective glasses while watching the total solar eclipse. #2

For safe viewing, regular sunglasses are not enough. Options include purchasing protective eclipse glasses from a reputable seller or crafting a handheld solar viewer, like the cereal box contraptions many built in 2017.

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