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Total Solar Eclipse: The Celestial challenges

BG24 | Community Corner: Preparing for the Total Solar Eclipse
In this community corner Reporter Ciara Geronimo speaks with Wood County EMA Director Jeff Klein.

With Bowling Green in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, April 8, city officials want those in the area to be aware of the challenges eclipse viewers and residents may experience.

The city is making residents aware of challenges that can be expected come April 8. Those challenges include the following:

  • Heavy to gridlocked traffic conditions before and after the eclipse.
  • Travelers stopped on roadways (heat, water, food, bathroom challenges).
  • Limited cell phone service due to heightened network use; and
  • Potentially limited food and gasoline availability on the routes due to an influx of travelers.

Where to Watch

There are various locations around Bowling Green that will be available for viewing the eclipse.

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is hosting a Total Solar Eclipse watch party from 1 to 4:30 p.m. that day of, inside the Doyt Perry Stadium.

The Wood County Park District is inviting the community to join them in viewing the great solar eclipse at the parks. They will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. the day of. 

Timing out Totality

The moment of totality is expected for 3:13 p.m. and will last just a few minutes. 

Bowling Green will be directly on path to experience the eclipse, as the path of totality is drawn directly through the state of Ohio, and the 124-mile-wide path stretches from Toledo down to Columbus. NASA has been closely following the eclipse.

After the eclipse on April 8, 2024, the next total solar eclipse that will be viewable in the United States will be in 2044, according to NASA officials.

BGSU officials have added the eclipse to the Spring 2024 academic calendar, giving students the day off.

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