2024 Eclipse Information & Preserve Closures

  • Monday, April 8

Where will you be on April 8th? A once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse will be visible across most of southern and central Indiana, with totality beginning shortly after 3pm EDT.

Sycamore Land Trust is not hosting any viewing events for the eclipse, due to the extreme traffic issues expected during the day.

Amy Weingartner Branigin Peninsula Preserve in Monroe County will be closed the day of the eclipse. The Lake Monroe area is expected to be one of the most congested places during the eclipse.

We ask that you do not visit any of our other preserves on the day of the eclipse due to traffic congestion, limited parking, and lack of service access and facilities, even though they are not officially closed. Don’t risk getting trapped in traffic for hours going to and from a Sycamore preserve! Highways are expected to be gridlocked from a few hours before totality to six or more hours afterwards.

Here are some useful tips for a fun and safe eclipse experience:

Totality will begin at 2:02pm CDT in Evansville, 3:04pm EDT in Bloomington, and 3:06pm EDT in Indianapolis. If you are in the path of totality, you will be able to see the sun completely eclipsed by the moon for three and a half minutes or more!

Only remove your eclipse glasses when the very last bit of the sun is gone and you can no longer see any light through them.

Attempting to view an eclipse or the sun at any other time using cameras, binoculars, telescopes, or other optical devices without proper solar filters can permanently damage the eyes in an instant.

Indiana is preparing for the largest tourism event in the state’s history. According to Visit Bloomington: “Visitors will arrive in the area up to a few days before the event and they will most likely leave the area directly after it. Retail shops, grocery stores, restaurants, lodging facilities, gas stations, and all types of businesses will be extremely busy and public services and safety need to be ready for the large crowds.”

You are likely to enjoy your experience more if your plans don’t involve driving!

The next total eclipse of the sun anywhere in the United States happens on August 25, 2044, but will only be visible from parts of Montana and North Dakota!

If you’re looking for special events celebrating the eclipse, there are many resources to find happenings in the Bloomington area and beyond: (VIDEO) (VIDEO)