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Circleville Gears Up for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Witnessing Totality and Beyond


Circleville – Local spokespeople are already talking about the April solar eclipse and how it may affect Pickaway County

During Circleville Council last night Mike Sherron Pickaway Counties EMA Director talked about the popularity of the eclipse and what that will look like for Pickaway County.

“Based on projections from how people migrate to see the solar eclipse it is estimated that Pickaway County will see around 30,000 people in the area for the event. That’s a 150% increase in population for about four days. We are in talks for planning for that and talking with local retailers to make sure they stock up on food and supplies for the demand. Some schools are in talks to close early that day in order to get kids home for the event.”

The Buckeye State is buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. While the path of totality, where the moon completely covers the sun, stretches across several northeastern counties, even those outside the direct path can still witness a spectacular partial eclipse.

Cities in Totality’s Path:

  • Cleveland: As the state’s largest city within the path, Cleveland promises prime viewing opportunities.
  • Dayton, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron: These major cities will also experience the awe-inspiring phenomenon of totality.
  • Cincinnati, Columbus, Canton, Youngstown: Though just outside the path, residents of these cities can expect a near-total eclipse, making a short drive north worthwhile.

Beyond Totality:

  • Wapakonta: This city holds special significance as the birthplace of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the home of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. It will also experience totality, attracting astronomy enthusiasts.

Mobility and Accessibility:

With the potential for large crowds and unpredictable weather, mobility is crucial for eclipse viewing. Ohio’s well-maintained highway system makes getting around convenient:

  • Interstate 75: Provides north-south access from Dayton to Toledo.
  • Interstate 90: Parallels Lake Erie, connecting Toledo to Cleveland and Ashtabula.
  • Interstate 71: Offers additional access within Cleveland.

Planning Your Eclipse Adventure:

Whether you’re aiming for totality or seeking a memorable partial eclipse experience, Ohio offers diverse locations and excellent infrastructure to make your eclipse adventure unforgettable. Start planning your trip early to secure accommodations and transportation, and be sure to check out safety guidelines and viewing tips closer to the event.

Don’t forget to pack your eclipse glasses! While looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage. Specialized eclipse glasses filter harmful solar radiation, allowing you to safely witness this celestial wonder.

Get ready, Ohio! The 2024 total solar eclipse promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the Buckeye State is ready to welcome eclipse chasers with open arms and clear skies. The next expectation of solar eclipse will not be until Aug. 23, 2044.