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Chasing Shadows: Ohio’s Top 20 Spots to watch the solar eclipse  

A guide to finding the best place to watch the April 8 solar eclipse  
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Solar Eclipse with dark blue sky and clouds.

A once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is happening on April 8 and parts of Ohio will be on the path to a complete totalitarian view. The eclipse will start at 3:08 p.m. and end at 3:19 p.m. 

However, there are some key things to know before the day of the eclipse.  

To safely view this event, people will need to wear specialized glasses that block out the rays. Camera lenses, binoculars and telescopes will not be safe to look through unless they have solar filters attached. Without proper eye protection, there could be potentially severe eye injury. 

A solar eclipse is when the sun, moon and earth are all in alignment. The moon will be completely blocking the sun from earth’s perspective, which results in a total solar eclipse. Certain places will get to experience the totalitarian view while others have partial. 

Ohio is one of the lucky places that will get to experience full darkness and this list will help you decide where you want to spend this celestial event. 

Top 10 Places (order by Start of Totality) 

  1. Greenville  
  1. Troy 
  1. Sidney 
  1. Dayton 
  1. Wapakoneta 
  1. Lima 
  1. Findlay 
  1. Sandusky 
  1. Vermilion 
  1. Cleveland 

Top 10 Nature Parks 

  1. Mohican State Park 
  1. Cuyahoga Valley National Park 
  1. Alum Creek State Park 
  1. Grand Lake St Mary’s State Park 
  1. East Harbor State Park 
  1. Delaware State Park 
  1. John Bryan State Park 
  1. Findlay State Park 
  1. Headlands Beach State Park 
  1. Mt. Gilead State Park 


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