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Witness the Wonder: Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will captivate skywatchers across North America, including those in Indianapolis. This rare celestial event occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking the Sun’s bright face and casting a shadow on Earth. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will be closed on this day to allow families to witness this awe-inspiring spectacle. However, families attending Innovation Network Schools should check with their specific schools for closure details, as their schedules may vary from the main district calendar.

To safely view the eclipse, it is crucial to use proper eye protection. Looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. Special solar viewing glasses or a properly equipped telescope are necessary to protect your eyes. During the brief period of totality, when the Moon completely covers the Sun, it is essential to keep your eclipse glasses on at all times to protect your eyes from potential damage.

The path of totality will pass through parts of North America, while other areas will experience a partial solar eclipse. In Indianapolis, the eclipse will be visible during the afternoon hours, lasting for a few hours.

This total solar eclipse offers a unique opportunity for students and families to learn about astronomy, physics, and the wonders of our universe. Take advantage of this incredible event by safely viewing the eclipse and engaging in educational activities related to this celestial phenomenon.

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