Eclipse Viewing Events

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No matter where you view the April 8 solar eclipse, it’s sure to be a memorable event! Trekking from west to east, those within the path of totality — an approximately 115-mile-wide route through Mexico, 15 US States, and Canada — will be able to see the moon entirely cover the sun’s disk, according to NASA.

The eclipse will be visible in the Washington, DC, area between 2:04 and 4:32 pm. Maximum eclipse will be at 3:20 pm, with the Sun 89% covered by the moon.

National Air & Space Museum Solar Eclipse Festival
National Mall • Wash, DC
On April 8, 2024, hosted along the National Mall in Washington, DC, by the National Air and Space Museum and their partners, from 12-4 pm, find a variety of educational opportunities and activity stations, including telescopes, allowing you to safely view the sun. A limited number of solar eclipse glasses will be handed out during the event; a list of partners and a detailed activity map will be released before the festival.

Fairfax County Park Authority Events
At locations throughout Fairfax County, view the eclipse on April 8, 2024, plus pre-and post-eclipse activities, games, and demonstrations! Each location will have a limited number of eclipse-viewing glasses and sun-spotting scopes. Pre-registration is recommended.

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services (PRCS) Events
PRCS invites you to witness the rare solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, at one of their special events! Free for all ages, you’ll also receive eclipse safety glasses (while supplies last).

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Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC)
On April 8, 2024, NOVAC members will be supporting local events in Northern Virginia, including: