On Monday, April 8th, 2024, the Indiana Dunes area will experience a partial eclipse. While we are sadly outside of the path of totality in Indiana, people in the area will still be able to experience a NEAR total eclipse at 96%. Just don't forget to grab some eclipse safety glasses or other approved tools to view it safely!

What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse happens when our moon passes between the sun and earth. This casts a shadow on our planet, and, in some areas, the sun will be covered completely. 


When can you see the eclipse? 

According to NASA, Porter County will see the eclipse start at about 12:52 pm and the peak will occur at 2:08 pm. You can use this tool to calculate the times in your specific zip code.


Where can you see the eclipse in Porter County?

Be sure to plan ahead and find a spot where you can clearly see the sky without any buildings obscuring your view. You might have the perfect viewing spot right in your backyard! There are many local events planned to view the eclipse in the community, and they are sure to be popular! Be prepared for crowds at these events and have a backup location in your plan. Some good locations with big open spaces are Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, Coffee Creek Preserve, and local parks like Hawthorne Park. 


Enjoy this unique viewing experience and while you're outdoors, why not experience some of the other unique outdoor adventures the Indiana Dunes offers? And remember, don't forget those eclipse safety glasses! 


Boy wearing eclipse safety glasses