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Boston Solar Eclipse 2024: Best Places to Watch

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. In the path of totality, the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. 

Unfortunately, Boston is not in the path of totality, but if the weather cooperates, we'll still get a pretty good show!  Boston is expected to see an eclipse magnitude around 93%.

Timing of Solar Eclipse: The eclipse in Boston will begin around 2:30pm and last until around 3:30pm, with the peak around 3pm.  

Best Places to See Solar Eclipse in New England: From Boston, you will need to drive North to see the eclipse in its totality. Towns like St. Johnsbury, Barre and Burlington in Vermont, Houlton in Maine, and north of the White Mountains in New Hampshire will offer the best views of totality.

Best Solar Eclipse Viewing Spots in Boston: Although Boston won’t see a total eclipse, any open area will likely have great views.  Head to the Boston Commons, Public Garden, along the Charles River, and even View Boston on top of the Prudential (ticket purchase required).

Important Safety Tip:  Do not look directly at the eclipse without wearing protective “Eclipse Glasses”.


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