2024 North American Eclipse
|Get ready for an astronomical event that will captivate our skies! The highly anticipated North American Solar Eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Plain City and much of Central Ohio will experience a remarkable solar eclipse, a period of time when the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, casting a shadow over portions of North America.
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Local Eclipse Promotions
Commemorative Items/Online Store
Capture the magic of the eclipse with commemorative merchandise available through our online store! Choose from a variety of keepsakes, including youth and adult t-shirts, commemorative coins, plush animals, and stickers. Proceeds benefit local community organizations.
Eclipse Glasses & COSI Science Boxes
The Village of Plain City is excited to announce that we have secured 2,000 eclipse glasses! In anticipation of the upcoming eclipse, Village residents are welcome to visit the Municipal Building beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 11, 2024 to pick up their complimentary pair of glasses. Additionally, courtesy of COSI, households with children can also receive a special eclipse science box, which contains a youth-sized pair of glasses. Please note that supplies are limited, and distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please do not call the Municipal offices to reserve glasses or science boxes. This offer is exclusively available to residents of the Village of Plain City and residency will be verified.
Eclipse Coloring Contest
To celebrate the eclipse, children are invited to participate in the Eclipse Coloring Contest! Winners of the contest in each age group (under 5, 6-8, 9-10) will receive a special eclipse prize package and be recognized during a Village Council meeting. Children must submit their masterpieces by 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 21. Coloring pages are conveniently available for download, in the lobby of the Municipal Building, and at the Plain City Public Library. Coloring pages can be returned in person at the Municipal Building using the night deposit box, or mailed to the Village of Plain City, c/o Coloring Contest, 800 Village Blvd., Plain City, OH 43064. Winners will be announced the week of April 1. Contest is open to Village of Plain City households only.
Timing of the Eclipse
The precise time of the eclipse and resulting totality are subject to adjustment. Estimated times suggest that the partial eclipse will begin to occur in Ohio at 1:54 PM, with totality expected between 3:08 PM and 3:19 PM. The eclipse will end at approximately 4:26 PM.
As we eagerly anticipate the eclipse, we want to address some important considerations due to our close proximity to Columbus. The potential influx of visitors traveling to or through Plain City may cause significant traffic and related issues. In light of these concerns, the Village of Plain City has made the decision not to conduct any special events during the eclipse. Additionally, the Jonathan Alder Local School District has canceled classes for the day. The Village's primary focus is the safety and well-being of our residents.
We encourage residents to enjoy the eclipse from the comfort of their yards. This provides a safe option for witnessing this remarkable phenomenon without the need to venture out and risk being caught in traffic. Your home can be the perfect vantage point to appreciate the beauty of the eclipse without any inconvenience.
Visiting Plain City for the Eclipse?
If you're visiting Plain City for the eclipse, or just passing through, we cordially invite you to explore all we have to offer!
Other Ohio Locations to View the Eclipse
While Plain City will experience approximately 3 minutes of totality, other locations in north-central and western Ohio will experience up to 4 minutes of totality. Communities such as Greenville, Sidney, Wapakoneta, Lima, Findlay, and Sandusky are in the centerline of totality and may offer better viewing options.
Eclipse Viewing Tips
- Safely View the Eclipse: Do not look directly at the eclipse! Review safe viewing methods here.
- Plan Ahead: Hotels will fill up quickly, so plan your accommodation in advance.
- Early Arrival is Key: If traveling, get to your chosen viewing location early and consider spending eclipse night nearby. Highways may be congested, so plan accordingly.
- Be Self-Sufficient: Ensure a smooth experience by filling up your gas tank and bringing sufficient food and water for the duration of your eclipse adventure.
- Stay Informed with Local Weather Reports: Check local weather reports as eclipse day approaches for valuable advice on viewing conditions.
- Photography Caution: Unless experienced, avoid attempting photography during the eclipse. The awe-inspiring moment may make it challenging to operate a camera.
Plain City Informational Flyer (PDF)
Ohio Total Solar Eclipse - Ohio EMA
NASA Eclipse Information
Union County Eclipse Events & Accommodations
Weather Forecast - National Weather Service
Helpful Eclipse Videos