Did the eclipse path change? New map reveals Hoosiers could see less of the solar eclipse (2024)

A rare total solar eclipsewill cut a 115-mile-wide path April 8 across North America, but less than a week before it happens, new research suggests fewer Hoosiers could experience the totality because previous 2024 eclipse maps are wrong — though not by much.

Despite these findings, NASA told IndyStar in an email thatits predictionsfor the eclipse have not changed — and, added Butler University Physics & Astronomy professor Brian Murphy, the new map won't make a huge difference for the millions of Hoosiers watching the eclipse.

"The path of totality might have narrowed, maybe by a mile total, but we're talking about going from 115 miles to 114 miles wide," Murphy said. "If you're near the edge of that path, go a few miles further into the center at the very least to ensure you see the totality."

Here's what we know about the new eclipse path and why it matters.

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Has the 2024 solar eclipse path changed?

Several media reports Tuesday and Wednesday have called into question the forecast for the 2024 solar eclipse path, or where the moon's shadow will pass over the Earth when the moon partially blocks out the Sun. The projected path might be off by as much as a mile, according to John Irwin.

Irwin, who calculates solar eclipse data for the blogsite Besselian Elements, released a newly updated forecast for the eclipse path. As first reported by Forbes, Irwin's findings show hundreds of towns and cities across Mexico, North America, and Canada have lost their solar eclipse.

Indiana cities affected by Irwin's findings include Kokomo, Frankfort and parts of Crawfordsville.

Why did the eclipse map change?

In short, the map changed because of how Irwin and others have calculated the size of the Sun, which might be slightly larger than what scientists thought.

Alex Youngof NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center recently told Astronomy publication EarthSky that he and other researchers spotted differences between the actual and predicted path of the total solar eclipse that crossed North America in 2017, prompting a change in creating a new eclipse map for 2024.

The updated solar eclipse map by Irwin and Besselian Elements, according to Forbes, factors in the exact topography of both the moon and the Earth to create "a more accurate eclipse map" using new information about the Sun.

How accurate in the new eclipse map?

The members of Besselian Elements on their official Facebook page describe themselves as "a team of dedicated amateur astronomers, passionate about solar eclipses." Their findings, according to a recent article on Space.com, have yet to be peer-reviewed, so take them with a grain of salt.

What does this mean for Indiana?

NASA told IndyStar the new eclipse map will affect cities on the very edge of the path of totality, where predicting how long the eclipse will last is difficult no matter what. A difference of a few city blocks one way or the other, NASA said, could mean 20, 10, or 0 seconds of totality.

Experts are urging people living along the edge of the eclipse path to play it safe if they want to watch the total eclipse by moving closer to the center of the totality, which Murphy echoed to IndyStar.

"Don't stay right at the edge," Murphy said. "Get a few miles in to guarantee at least 10 to 30 seconds of the totality," which the new eclipse map shows has shifted further away from Indiana cities like Kokomo, Frankfort, Crawfordsville and Fort Wayne.

Solar eclipse map: Updated path of totality for Indiana

How to interpret the updated 2024 solar eclipse map

The yellow line of the map is the center of the totality, which for Indiana, means the eclipse will now pass almost directly over Vincennes, Bloomington, Bloomfield and Franklin.

The red line is the original eclipse path while the three orange lines, according to Irwin, show the outer limits of where Hoosiers can expect to find 100% darkness. Those wanting to experience that 100% darkness should view the eclipse from somewhere within the innermost orange lines.

New map shows eclipse path shifts further away from Kokomo

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Some Indiana State Parks might be affected by the new eclipse map

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Many Hoosiers are expected to flock Monday to Indiana State Parks, which have hundreds of campsites acrossDNR properties to enjoy the total solar eclipse. The updated map means some of these parks could see less of the totality, such as Turkey Run State Park southwest of Crawfordsville. Nonetheless, many of the facilities at Turkey Run — its nature center, playground and picnic areas — are still within the path of totality even with the shift in the map.

What time does solar eclipse 2024 viewing start in Indiana

What time will the partial solar eclipse 2024 start in Indianapolis?

The solar eclipse's partial phase will begin at approximately 1:50 p.m. ET, April 8 in Indianapolis, according toeclipse2024.org, with the full totality beginning at 3:06 p.m. and lasting for nearly 4 minutes.

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Did the eclipse path change? New map reveals Hoosiers could see less of the solar eclipse (2024)


Did the eclipse path change? New map reveals Hoosiers could see less of the solar eclipse? ›

Despite these findings, NASA told the IndyStar in an email that its predictions for the eclipse have not changed — and, added Butler University Physics & Astronomy professor Brian Murphy, the new map won't make a huge difference for the millions of Hoosiers watching the eclipse.

Did the solar eclipse change the path? ›

According to the group's website, Irwin re-examined the eclipse path with "adjustments that account for the topographic elevation, both around the limb of the moon and on the surface of the Earth." These new calculations have slightly shifted the solar eclipse's path of totality, which may raise some alarms just days ...

Will Indiana see the solar eclipse 2024? ›

On the afternoon of April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse – the first since the Great American Eclipse in 2017 and the last until August 2044 – will arc across the southern half of Indiana from southwest to northeast.

Why are you less likely to see a total solar eclipse? ›

The reason solar eclipses are so rare is that the umbra of the Moon rarely hits the surface of the Earth. Even during a total solar eclipse, a small area on Earth is covered by the umbra.

What does a solar eclipse map show? ›

Solar eclipse maps show 2024 totality path, peak times and how much of the eclipse people could see across the U.S.

Why is the 2024 eclipse so special? ›

Why was the 2024 total solar eclipse so special? The 2024 total solar eclipse was a major event. Totality could last twice as long as in 2017, depending on the observer's location. It was also the longest totality on land for over a decade, so eclipse-chasers from around the world flocked to the path of totality.

What is the path of the eclipse in April 2024? ›

The path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Small parts of Tennessee and Michigan will also experience the total solar eclipse.

What cities in Indiana will see eclipse 2024? ›

CityTotality StartDuration*
Indianapolis3:06:04 PM EDT3:49
Beech Grove3:06:05 PM EDT3:55
Seymour3:06:05 PM EDT3:07
Hope3:06:15 PM EDT3:46
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Where is the best place to see the eclipse in Indiana in 2024? ›

Total solar eclipse path for Indiana on April 8, 2024. Residents and visitors to cities like Evansville, Terre Haute, Bloomington and Indianapolis will be in the path of totality. Other cities, like Attica, Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Madison will remain in a partial eclipse, but it will still be an amazing show.

Is Indianapolis a good place to see the eclipse 2024? ›

Eclipse day is April 8, 2024!

Indianapolis is an excellent place to see totality!

How long will the 2024 solar eclipse last? ›

How long will the 2024 total solar eclipse last? The longest duration of totality is 4 minutes, 28 seconds, near Torreón, Mexico. Most places along the centerline (path of totality) will see a totality duration between 3.5 and 4 minutes.

When was the last total solar eclipse in Indiana? ›

When was the last total solar eclipse in Indiana? Outside of Indianapolis, much of the Hoosier state witnessed a total solar eclipse roughly 155 years ago on Aug. 7, 1869, in which the totality spread over the southern and western portions of Indiana, according to IndianaHistory.org.

What happens if you look at the solar eclipse for one second? ›

"If someone briefly looks at the eclipse, if it's extremely brief, in some cases there won't be damage. But damage can happen even within a fraction of a second in some cases," Brinton said. He said he's had patients who have suffered from solar retinopathy, the official name for the condition.

What is the path of totality in 2024? ›

To witness this incredible total solar eclipse, you will need to be within the 115-mile-wide path of totality. The path arches from Mexico to Texas to Maine. Unless you're on that line—the path of totality—you'll only see a partial eclipse.

What will the 2024 eclipse look like? ›

The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

Will Florida see the solar eclipse? ›

When will I be able to see a total solar eclipse from Florida? In Florida, we will have to wait until 2045 to see a total eclipse from our state.

What changes does a solar eclipse have on Earth? ›

Besides the darkness, the most noticeable change during a solar eclipse is the drop in air temperature. Without the heat of the sun, much like nightfall, temperatures can drop about 10 degrees on average during a total solar eclipse. As the temperatures drop, the winds will also lighten.

What is the global path of the 2024 solar eclipse? ›

The eclipse will cross through North America, passing over parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The eclipse will enter the United States in Texas, and travel through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

What is the path of the solar eclipse April 8? ›

An eclipse path sweeps across central Mexico, parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and southern Canada. During totality, you may view the Sun without proper eye protection, such as solar glasses.

Why are eclipse paths curved? ›

This area is not static, because the moon and Earth are not fixed objects: the moon orbits Earth and Earth orbits the sun, in addition to spinning on its axis. These motions continue during an eclipse, so the spot on Earth where the moon's shadow falls traces a curved path across the planet.


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