Chasing Shadows: A Journey into the Path of Totality

Being on the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse in Trumbull County, Ohio, is a thrilling prospect. Even if we have clouds, you will still experience the eeriness of night during the afternoon of Monday, April 8th.



Recycle Those Glasses!

The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District and Trumbull County Tourism are announcing a collaborative initiative with Astronomers Without Borders to recycle and repurpose eclipse glasses.

Below are the current, known recycling sites:

Residence Inn by Marriott – 5555 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – 5581 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles

Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District main office – 5138 Enterprise Dr. NW, Warren (collecting M-F 8:30-4:30 through the month of April)

Trumbull County Tourism Bureau – 321 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren

Also check with your local libraries!

Where To Watch in Trumbull County

On August 17th, 2017, I looked up at the sky in St Joseph, Missouri with my Aunt Elaine and thought about the long history of eclipses. These celestial events have captivated humanity, often shrouded in myths and superstitions. The sudden transition from day to night has evoked an eerie atmosphere, leaving even the bravest souls uneasy.

We will witness the 2024 total solar eclipse in Trumbull County, Ohio. It has been centuries since the state has experienced this awe-inspiring sight. The last time the moon's shadow touched Ohioans was in 1806. And the next time? A distant 2099.

Total solar eclipses are rare in this region, but they occur somewhere in the world about every 1.5 years. It brings an otherworldly experience; The afternoon sky will transform into twilight and then night, casting an almost surreal ambiance. Birds, bewildered by the abrupt darkness, would cease their tweeting, while streetlights might flicker on, mimicking the arrival of nightfall.

The path of totality, the strip across which the sun will be entirely obscured by the moon, will pass through Ohio between 3:08 p.m. and 3:19 p.m. The shadow's speed is 1,587 mph; depending on your location in Trumbull County, you will experience approximately 2-3 minutes.

The closer one ventures to the centerline, the longer the duration of the total eclipse. In towns like Warren and Niles, lucky spectators will witness two minutes of complete darkness. The line marking the southernmost boundary of the path of totality falls near the Subway sandwich shop in Girard. Although close, Girard and Youngstown will only witness a 99.5% eclipse.

 

If you're planning your eclipse-viewing excursion, historic Newton Falls will experience two minutes and six seconds of totality. In Mesopotamia, the quaint village known for its rural Amish charm, the total eclipse will last three minutes and eleven seconds. Nearby, Warren, where I will be working that day, will be cloaked in darkness for one minute and fifty-seven seconds. And finally, Kinsman, with its rolling hills and idyllic scenery, will enjoy two minutes and thirty-three seconds of totality.

Of course, safety is paramount when viewing an eclipse. Social media and local news outlets will repeatedly stress the importance of procuring certified eclipse glasses. You can purchase a package of 6 solar eclipse glasses for $5 in our office at Trumbull County Tourism (while supplies last). They comply with international safety standards, marked with the label ISO 12312-2 international standard (Please, please ensure you have purchased your glasses from a reputable company). In my 2017 experience, I learned that counterfeit glasses were circulating, posing a significant risk to unsuspecting users.

I can't help but feel a sense of anticipation building within me. Being on the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse in Trumbull County, Ohio, is a thrilling prospect. Even if we have clouds, you will still experience the eeriness of night during the afternoon of Monday, April 8th.

As we continue to learn about local preparations and events for this extraordinary celestial experience, we are in awe of these majestic events that continue to captivate and unite humanity in a shared sense of wonder and curiosity.

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*Updated as of 4/8/24. As the anticipated total solar eclipse approaches, Trumbull County Tourism is pleased to assist the public by providing a list of vendors selling eclipse glasses. It is important to note that while we offer this information as a resource, Trumbull County Tourism does not endorse the safety or quality of the glasses sold by these vendors. For more information on certified eclipse glasses we encourage visitors to visit the American Astronomical Society website.


#TrulyTrumbull Eclipse Events

Make sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar for updates on eclipse events in Trumbull County. You can find that calendar here. Some eclipse-related events happening in our area include:

Overnight Eclipse Packages:

The Residence Inn By Marriott Eclipse Package

"Ring of Fire" Package at The Grand Resort

Mosquito Lake Campgrounds

 

Day-Of Eclipse Events and Viewing Sites:

Total Eclipse Viewing Party at The Kinsman Library

The Eclipse at Eastwood Mall

Party on the Path of Totality at the Grand Resort

•Eclipse Viewing at Skyway Drive-In in Warren

Experience the Eclipse at Hartford Hill Winery

Cortland Celestial Celebration

Clover Recycling Eclipse Event

Total Eclipse & a Putt

Ohio Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Foxconn EV System

•Braceville Celestial Event

Newton Falls Eclipse Event

•Eclipse Viewing Celebration at Warren G. Harding's Mollenkopf Stadium

•Viewing site at Mosquito Lake State Park (Prepare to bring your own food)

•Viewing site at the Eastwood Mall Complex

 

Know of another eclipse event? Send any info to samantha@exploretrumbullcounty.com.


Know When And How Long the Eclipse Will Be In Your Area!

ODNR 2024 Solar Eclipse Map Ohio

Bristolville: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

Champion: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 24econds.

Cortland: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

Hartford: Total eclipse starting at 3:16 and lasting 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Howland: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 1 minute and 48 seconds.

Kinsman: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

Leavittsburg: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 10seconds.

Mecca: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 35 seconds.

Mesopotamia: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 3 minutes and 11 seconds.

Newton Falls: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 6 seconds.

Mosquito Lake State Park: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Niles: Total eclipse starting at 3:16 and lasting 1 minute and 15 seconds.

Vienna: Total eclipse starting at 3:16 and lasting 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Warren: Total eclipse starting at 3:15 and lasting 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Youngstown (partial only): Partial eclipse starting at 3:16.

Author: Beth Kotwis Carmichael, Executive Director