Solar Eclipse with UMass Astronomy

View the Solar Eclipse with UMass Astronomy


Event Details

Monday, April 8, 2024

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Metawampe Lawn


Event Website


Jason Johnson

College of Natural Sciences

Please join UMass Amherst Astronomy on April 8, 2024, to observe the solar eclipse, which will reach 95% totality at the UMass Amherst campus. The peak of the eclipse in Amherst will be at 3:28 p.m.

Solar eclipse shades are required to safely observe the eclipse. It is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing.

The College of Natural Sciences and the Astronomy department will distribute solar shades at tables on Metawampe Lawn and the Sunwheel at beginning at 11:30 a.m., while supplies last.

UMass astronomers will speak about the phenomenon at both campus viewing locations near the time of the peak at 3:28 p.m.

If you aren't able to join us on campus for this viewing of the eclipse, you can visit the NASA website to see the path of the solar eclipse and explore other resources.

If you do not have access to solar eclipse shades, a pinhole camera will also allow safe observation of the solar eclipse. Learn how to make a simple pinhole camera at home with common supplies.

Limited parking near Metawampe Lawn is available in the Campus Center Garage. Limited Parking is also available at the Sunwheel.