Solar Eclipse 2024

On April 8, 2024, the Moon aligns perfectly with the Sun, creating a total solar eclipse in its shadow. The path of the eclipse runs from the equatorial Pacific through Mexico then slides from Texas to Vermont, and east to Newfoundland. During the eclipse, the Moon completely blocks the Sun, lasting from a few seconds, to as long as 4 minutes and 28 seconds. This event is the only total solar eclipse to travel across Mexico, the United States, and Canada during the 21st century.

Eclipse Glasses

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Shippee Family Eye Care, we can provide eclipse viewing glasses to area schools that allow students to see this once-in-a-lifetime event safely.
Eclipse glasses are on sale at the Museum Store for in-person purchase only — we are not able to ship eclipse glasses.
If you are looking for eclipse glasses to purchase online, we recommend ordering from a vendor that is approved by the American Astronomical Society.

Experience Totality

Join Fairbanks Museum astronomy experts and educators for a full day of programming on April 8th.

Be part of the excitement in St. Johnsbury to experience the eclipse totality with Jane Lindholm, creator, host, and executive producer of “But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids,” and Mark Breen, director of our Lyman Spitzer Jr Planetarium and producer of “Eye on the Night Sky.” Or tune in to Vermont Public from wherever you are to experience a full or partial eclipse on radio, TV, and livestream on YouTube from 3:00 – 4:00 PM.

Starting at noon, our family-friendly event includes

> Interpretation stations with museum educators and volunteers who will use models to illustrate how and why eclipses occur

> Guided craft tables to make and decorate your own pinhole viewer, safety shield, and other activities to enhance your eclipse experience

> Meet and greet and photo opportunity with Jane Lindholm, host and executive producer of But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids from 1:00 – 1:30 PM and again from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

> NASA livestream video of the eclipse as it crosses North America

> From 3:00 -4:00 PM join the audience of our live broadcast with “But Why?” host and executive producer, Jane Lindholm and director of our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Mark Breen. They will guide us through the total solar eclipse and share commentary drawing on history, science, and the astonishing experience of being in the path of totality! During this special coverage, Mark and Jane will be looking at solar eclipses from all angles: What are they? Why do they happen? When do they happen? What do animals do during an eclipse? How is is THIS Solar Eclipse significant? When was the last solar eclipse in Vermont? How can people view them safely?

> Food trucks offer a variety of local flavors, and downtown St. Johnsbury offers shopping and dining options.

Rain or shine, this will be an event to remember!

A limited number of tickets for our planetarium presentations on April 6 – 8 are available for advance purchase. In addition, tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

Member promo code (up to 4 tickets): MEMBER

Our event is supported by the Simons Foundation and is part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative.