The next total solar eclipse visible in North American will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024. The path of this solar eclipse will travel across the United States, from Texas to Maine. All of Morgan County lies within the path of totality for this rare astronomical event, with the City of Martinsville and the Town of Morgantown being closest to the path's centerline. Martinsville should see 4 minutes, 6 seconds of totality and Morgantown will see 4 minutes, 3 seconds of totality! This is very close to the longest period of totality throughout the state. Other communities in Morgan County will see 3 minutes, 50 seconds or more of totality.
A telescope will not be needed to view this event, though you will need proper safety eyewear to look at the sun before and after totality. Morgan County will be in totality beginning shortly after 4 pm. It is safe to remove your eyewear during totality.
Watch for additional information on designated viewing areas, events and specials for eclipse visitors as the date gets closer and more plans are made.
Learn more about the path of the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse at nationaleclipse.com.