2024 Solar Eclipse: Zip code online tool shows when celestial event is visible near you

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The highly anticipated 2024 solar eclipse is set to occur on Monday, April 8, dimming skies across a generous path of North America.

NASA has unveiled an online tool dubbed the Eclipse Explorer, that allows users to visualize the forthcoming eclipse's appearance from their location.

By entering their zip code, residents will see a countdown to the peak eclipse viewing time in their area, along with the current temperature, potential rain chances and cloud coverage.


A visual of what the eclipse coverage would look like between 1:47 p.m. ET (when the eclipse begins) and 4:17 p.m. ET (when the eclipse ends) will also appear.


What time is the solar eclipse in Florida?

The rare phenomenon – in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow over parts of Earth and blocking the face of the sun for observers – will start in Mexico, before entering the United States in Texas, then through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, according to NASA.

In Orlando, Florida, the solar eclipse will begin at 1:46 p.m., before peaking at 3:03 p.m. with 57% coverage expected (partial solar eclipse).


The eclipse will end shortly after 4:15 p.m. 

Here's the peak times for other cities in Central Florida:

  • Clermont: 1:45 p.m. - 4:16 p.m.
  • Mount Dora: 1:46 p.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • The Villages: 1:45 p.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • Ocala: 1:45 p.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • Gainesville: 1:45 p.m. - 4:18 p.m.
  • Sanford: 1:47 p.m. - 4:18 p.m.
  • Titusville: 1:48 p.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • Melbourne: 1:48 p.m. - 4:17 p.m.
  • Daytona: 1:48 p.m. - 4:18 p.m.
  • Palm Coast: 1:48 p.m. - 4:19 p.m.

Fun fact: If you're in an airplane trying to stay inside of totality for the entire time it's over the USA from Texas to Maine, you'd have to be flying about 2,100 mph. It'll take an hour for the moon's shadow to travel from Texas to Maine.

Will clouds obscure our view of the solar eclipse?

A few high clouds will, at times, obscure the skies, but it shouldn't take away from the eclipse viewing this afternoon. Remember not to look directly at the sun. In order to view the eclipse, you want to use special glasses.