A total solar eclipse is coming to North America!

Total Solar Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024

While the eclipse will be total, in Fresno, we will see a partial eclipse (with magnitude 51%). Appropriate eye protection will still be necessary to view the eclipse.

Get your free solar eclipse viewing glasses!

To receive your solar viewing glasses, while supplies last, visit your local library!

Eclipse simulator and additional information

  • Simulator
  • NASA: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

  • Definitions
    • An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth when it is at or near its farthest point from Earth. Because of its distance from Earth, the Moon appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover. We will see the Moon as a dark disk with a ring around it.
    • A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and completely blocks the face of the Sun. Anyone in the center of the Moon's shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. At this time, weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun's corona (the outer atmosphere), which is usually obscured by the bright ace of the sun. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can momentarily remove their eclipse glasses for the brief period of time when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.

Use appropriate eye protection!

Traditional eyewear (sunglasses, eyeglasses with tinted lenses, etc.) are not sufficient to shield your eyes during a solar eclipse. The only safe ways to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun are through eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers manufactured to international safety standards. Learn more about safety during the eclipse here.


The Fresno County Public Library has received solar eclipse glasses from the Space Science Institute, through its Solar Activities for Libraries (SEAL) program.

Livestream the eclipse!

You can access the live stream of the event on the Exploratorium's website and mobile apps, or on NASA television, via NASA TV feeds, the NASA app, and social media.

Homeschooling, or hoping to take advantage of some "teachable moments" during the eclipse?

STARnet, in partnership with Cornerstones of Science, has put together instructions for projects to teach families about solar eclipses.

Want to learn more?