The last time Ohio experienced a total solar eclipse in 1806, the state was just three years old, Ulysses S. Grant wouldn’t be born for another 15 years, and the telephone and radio wouldn’t be invented for about 70 and 90 years, respectively.
“It must have been an amazing, interesting time,” says Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI in Columbus, of the June 16, 1806, eclipse. “All of the sudden it was pitch black after being sunny — that must have been crazy! A few experts in the sciences might have known it was coming, but the average person had no idea.”
Bertley hopes the total eclipse that will arch across the state April 8, traveling from the southwest to the northeast, starting at about 3:08 p.m., will inspire as much awe as the one in 1806 — even though we know it’s coming. He compares the total blackout nature of the eclipse, which will last about three to four minutes depending on where you are, to something you might see in a comic book or sci-fi movie.
“It’s just nature at its finest,” says Bertley, who started at COSI eight months before a partial eclipse graced Ohio’s skies in August 2017. “And all you’ve got to do is put on safety glasses and look up.” Read More >>
Looking for a place to experience this incredible event? Learn more about what these destinations have to offer:
Celebrate this monumental moment at one of the area’s many viewing parties and by taking part in interactive events leading up to the big day. Learn More
Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on April 8 to witness this incredible event and explore all the city has to offer. Learn More
Experience 2024’s total
solar eclipse in Hartville,
a one-of-a-kind Ohio community.
There are a multitude of destinations in this region along the Lake Erie shore that promise to make your eclipse experience a memorable one. Learn More
Experience this momentous event
at the parks of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
Attend one of the watch parties happening across the county and take part in the pre-and post-event happenings. Learn More
This southwest Ohio college town has a slate of events planned in the leadup to the celestial event our state hasn’t seen in over 200 years. Learn More
Come to Hoff Woods Park on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and take part in pre-eclipse programs at the Westerville Public Library. Learn More