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In the path of totality: The 2024 total solar eclipse

On April 8, 2024, North America will experience a total solar eclipse that passes over Indiana. Several locations — including the IU campuses in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Richmond and Columbus — will be in the path of totality, where the sun is completely eclipsed by the moon. This page will be your place to learn more about the astronomical phenomenon, explore the history of astronomy at IU and get university experts’ take on what to expect as the big day approaches.

IU scientists launching smartphone app to report bird behavior during eclipse

In collaboration with the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, researchers in the IU College of Arts and Sciences are asking “community scientists” across the country to submit information on birds through a smartphone app they will be launching to aid in their research project.

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Herron students’ commemorative eclipse posters inspired by music and the city

Frances Dimaranan, Ines Galindo and Marissa Eckert designed posters that will be handed out during the Lunacy! Solar Eclipse Festival on April 8 in Indianapolis. Their work was inspired by the eclipse, music, and the city. 

New ‘Space Oddities’ podcast explores history and culture of solar eclipses

The IU Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Institute’s podcast takes listeners on a journey of solar eclipses across human history, from ancient Babylon to the first motion picture film recording of a solar eclipse. 

Solar eclipse is a time for reverence, reflection in many Native American cultures

The total eclipse seen by some as a time for celebration is viewed differently by many Native Americans. “It is a sacred time where we sit and reflect,” said Sherene Goatson Ing, a member of the Navajo Nation and director of the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center at IU Bloomington.

Eclipse mythology: Celestial creatures try, fail to swallow sun

Before eclipses were the focus of scientific research and watch parties, they were the subject of mythological stories that involved celestial creatures like wolves, demons and even squirrels trying to swallow the sun — and never succeeding.

Marketing photo shoot featuring Indiana University Indianapolis branded eclipse-viewing glasses in downtown Indianapolis on Monday, Sept....

IU campuses offering variety of eclipse events to enjoy celestial spectacle

IU campuses are offering events and programs before and during the April 8 total eclipse to educate and entertain the public.

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IU eclipse scholars support communities ahead of major tourism event

IU eclipse scholars — 15 undergraduate students who are supporting community projects and events connected to the celestial phenomenon — are dedicating up to 10 hours each week leading up to the eclipse to support a community’s programs and events.

Beyond the eclipse: IU has long been at forefront in astronomy

Indiana University has a long history of impactful research in the field of astronomy, including pioneering discoveries on asteroids, the use of high-performance computing in astrophysics and exoplanetary science.

School of Education brings solar eclipse lessons to educators and learners around the state

The total solar eclipse approaching April 8 is providing a unique learning opportunity across the state, and Indiana University educational science programs in Indianapolis and Bloomington are preparing educators and students for this astronomical event.

‘Receding Horizons’ exhibition highlights humanity’s discoveries, stories inspired by the cosmos

With its latest exhibition, “Receding Horizons: A Celebration of Astronomy at Lilly Library,” the Lilly Library at IU Bloomington displays rare books and artifacts that showcase the amazing scientific discoveries and experiences inspired by the celestial skies throughout history.

IU Bloomington is one of only three regional coordinating sites for Citizen CATE, a continent-spanning project to record the eclipse during totality

IU astronomers join scientific effort to study sun’s corona during 2024 solar eclipse

Indiana University astronomers are serving as regional coordinators and trainers for Citizen CATE, a continent-spanning research project to capture video of the sun’s corona during the solar eclipse over North American on April 8, 2024.

What to expect during 2024 total solar eclipse in Indiana

Indiana University astronomy experts discuss what to expect when five IU campuses will be the path of totality during the solar eclipse in 2024.

Ask the Expert: 2024 eclipse

Five IU campuses are in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse. An astronomer explains what to expect. 

Ask the Expert: Protecting your eyes during a solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse, where the moon covers the sun, will pass over the United States on April 8.

IU observatories play role in public education, astronomy history

Across the state, Indiana University’s observatories play a key role in providing public information and viewing access to astronomical phenomenon such as solar eclipses. Several of these observatories have also made important contributions to the history of astronomy.

Does my dog need solar eclipse glasses?

Unlocking the mysteries of animal behavior during cosmic events

When a solar eclipse occurs, the behavior of animals may seem a bit out of this world. But why do they change their patterns?