Solar Eclipse 2024

Solar Eclipse April 8th, 2024

Get ready for one of the best light shows ever produced.  April 8th, 2024 Bloomington Indiana, home of Indiana University will experience a total eclipse of over 4 minutes of totality.  You have to see it to believe it.

In preparation for the event, the Astronomy department at IU along with a number of IU departments and groups across southern Indiana will be having lead up lectures, educational classes for those that want to learn more and many many other activities. 

We have compiled a number below in anticipation of the needs of scholars, teachers and the community at large.  We hope you are able to participate in one of the most significant astronomical events to happen in southern Indiana.

Partial Eclipse

October 14th, 2023

We’ll broadcast the partial solar eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023, as well as the big event, the total eclipse of the Sun on April 8, 2024. The Solar Telescope’s special optics give a real-time view of the Solar chromosphere, including prominences and flares erupting from the Sun’s deeper layers.

Kirkwood Solar Lab

Total Eclipse

April 8th 2024

Join us on Eclipse Day for a special, live-stream view of the Sun from the Kirkwood Observatory Solar Telescope on the IU campus. Watch a close-up view on the Web as the Moon covers the Sun, and take a look at the solar corona during the eclipse.

Kirkwood Solar Lab

Science Fest

In honor of the solar eclipse the famous Science Fest organized by IU’s College of Arts and Sciences will move from it’s usual date in October to the Saturday in April just before the total eclipse on Monday, April 8.  Science will return to its usual fall schedule in October, 2024.