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Ready for the eclipse?

Monday, April 8, 2024

Peak: 3:15 p.m. EDT

Join Morehead on Monday, April 8, 2024, as we celebrate the total solar eclipse! We have planned special opportunities related to the eclipse, including short featured talks during our regularly scheduled planetarium shows and a live stream of the annular eclipse as it unfolds. Weather permitting, we also hope to have outdoor sun-viewing stations, staffed by Morehead’s science educators.

On this day, we expect the UNC-owned parking lot in front of Morehead to fill up quickly. To make your trip to Morehead as smooth as possible, we recommend reviewing the parking information below.

Stay tuned to this page and Morehead’s social media platforms for more information about how we plan to celebrate April’s total eclipse!

$2 Eclipse Glasses Available NOW!

You can now purchase eclipse glasses at our gift shop Cosmic Goods without an admission ticket. Just tell the front desk what you’re here for, and they’ll point you in the right direction!

If you’re joining us on Monday, April 8, eclipse glasses will be for sale at the front desk.

Times listed are for Chapel Hill, NC

Total Solar Eclipse | Monday, April 8, 2024

  • Begins: 1:58 p.m.
  • Peak: 3:15 p.m.
  • Ends: 4:28 p.m.

Please note: Globally, this event is referred to as a total solar eclipse. However, the Triangle region will see only a partial eclipse due to our location and the path of totality.

When looking at the Sun, it is extremely important to wear the correct eyewear. Your typical sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection and can cause damage to your eyes if used during this event. We strongly recommend purchasing a pair of certified eclipse glasses from our gift shop Cosmic Goods. You do not need an admission ticket to access Cosmic Goods, just tell the front desk what you’re here for.

If you’re joining us on Monday, April 8, eclipse glasses will be for sale at the front desk.

Parking at the UNC-owned lot in front of Morehead on Monday, April 8, may be more difficult than usual.

For the latest parking information and locations, we recommend reviewing the Town of Chapel Hill parking page.