Get Ready for the April Solar Eclipse!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to high demand, solar eclipse glasses are no longer available at Queens Public Library. Thank you for understanding!

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will turn dark that afternoon, as if it were dawn or dusk.

This total solar eclipse will be visible in 15 U.S. states, including New York! (New York City will only see 89 percent coverage of the Sun, but that's still a lot!)

A partial eclipse will be visible throughout all 48 contiguous U.S. states.

QPL is partnering with our friends at NASA so you can learn everything you need to know about the 2024 total solar eclipse, including how to watch it safely.

Not in the path of the eclipse? Not able to get outside? Watch from anywhere in the world! NASA will provide live broadcast coverage on April 8 from 1pm to 4pm EDT on their website and on YouTube.

The next total solar eclipse in New York won't happen until 2079, so whether you experience this eclipse at home, outdoors in public, or at your neighborhood QPL location, we hope you will enjoy this truly cosmic event!


Solar Eclipse Resources

QPL Solar Eclipse Presentation with NASA's Carolyn Ng (watch this pre-recorded virtual meeting on YouTube)

NASA 2024 Eclipse Fact Sheet (download or pick it up at your local library)

NASA 2024 Eclipse Safety Guidelines (download or pick it up at your local library)

NASA's 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Website

NASA's Total Solar Eclipse Safety Webpage


Solar Eclipse Programs

Visit the QPL Calendar to Learn More about our special programs.


Solar Eclipse Booklists

Check out our book recommendations for Adults and book recommendations for Kids!