4-H (Partial) Solar Eclipse Party

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On April 8, view the darkest solar eclipse in NC until 2078! Contact 4-H Agent Lexi Swick at 3365991195 or aswick@ncsu.edu for more info.

Join Person County 4-H on Monday, April 8th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Huck Sansbury Park Picnic Shelter to view the darkest solar eclipse in Roxboro, NC until 2078! The 4-H Eclipse Party will feature youth activities, including the opportunity for youth to create a pinhole projector to safely view the partial eclipse without eclipse glasses. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses while supplies last. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket if you plan to spend an extended time observing the partial solar eclipse. The greatest degree of solar coverage is expected to occur around 3:15 p.m.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses in front of the sun, blocking a portion of the sunlight that normally illuminates the earth. The percentage of the sun’s surface blocked by the moon during a solar eclipse can range anywhere from 100% (total solar eclipse) to 1% (partial solar eclipse). One’s perception of a solar eclipse depends on that person’s geographical location at the time of the eclipse. If that person is located within the “path of totality,” they will experience a total solar eclipse, wherein the moon completely covers the sun’s surface, producing an eerie but profound effect of darkness during the daytime.

The path of totality for the April 8, 2024 eclipse runs through several nearby mid-western states. Here in Roxboro, we are not in the path of totality; however, the sun’s surface will be blocked at an estimated magnitude of 84%. This means that although we will not perceive the total “darkness during daytime” effect, we may observe reduced sunlight. For a few short hours, the area in and around Roxboro may appear slightly darker than usual. Please remember, it is NEVER safe to look directly at the sun, even during a solar eclipse when the sun may appear less bright. Be aware that younger children are especially likely to look at the sun without eye protection. Should anyone–youth or adult–wish to observe the partial eclipse directly, it is imperative to wear properly fitting and appropriate eye protection as defined by the ISO 12312-2 international standard. All attendees should also become familiar with eclipse safety prior to attending this event.

The April 8, 2024 solar eclipse will be the last solar eclipse viewable in the entire contiguous United States until at least 2038, where residents in the Eastern United States could see a partial eclipse with up to 80% solar coverage (North Carolina will see roughly 50% coverage in 2038, compared to 2024’s estimated 84%). The next time North Carolina will experience a solar eclipse with 84% or greater solar coverage is the year 2078, over 50 years from now. Person County is in the path of totality for the 2078 solar eclipse.