On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. This partial eclipse will be visible for millions of people in the Western Hemisphere. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, United States, and Canada. It will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.
How to Watch
In the U.S., the annular eclipse will begin on Saturday, October 14, 2023 in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and end in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT. The total solar eclipse will begin Monday, April 8, 2024 over the South Pacific Ocean around 11:07 a.m. PDT and finish passing over continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m. NDT.
It is never safe to look directly at the sun--even during an eclipse. Regular sunglasses, swimming goggles, and most camera filters are not safe for looking directly at the sun. You can safely protect your eyes with certified solar-viewing glasses from the library.
Solar viewing glasses will be available at all Sno-Isle library locations beginning September 18. Visit the service desk to receive one (1) pair of glasses per family while supplies last. Don't forget to save your glasses for the total eclipse in April 2024!
Events & Activities
Join us for one of our educational presentations about the upcoming solar eclipse.
In-Person Library Events
- 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse, opens a new window on September 23 at Camano Island Library
- 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse, opens a new window on September 30 at Sultan Library
Online Library Events
- 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse, opens a new window on September 27
Learn More About Solar Eclipses
Check out these informational resources to learn more about the science behind this fascinating astronomical event.
- Explora, opens a new window - View recently published articles about the solar eclipses.
- GALE In Context: Science, opens a new window - View videos, images, articles and more about solar eclipses.
- National Geographic Virtual Library, opens a new window - Read eclipse-related articles and a map supplement.
- World Book Student, opens a new window - View or listen to the encyclopedia entry on eclipses, including images and video.
- NASA: Eclipses, opens a new window - Explore the multimedia gallery, countdown timer and find hands-on learning activities for the whole family.
- SciGames: Eclipse, opens a new window - Get detailed timetables for eclipse viewing times, download a printed handout and find educational activities for kids.