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Solar Eclipse Resources

Two solar eclipses are coming to North America!

  • An annular eclipse occurs on Saturday, October 14, 2023.

  • A total eclipse occurs on Monday, April 8, 2024.


Minnesotans will see partial eclipses for these two events.

Dates and times

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023

Partial Annular Eclipse viewing time for Fergus Falls: 10:26 am to 1:06 pm
Maximum View: 11:
44 am

  • Monday, April 8, 2024

Partial Eclipse viewing time for Fergus Falls: 12:49 pm to 3:10 pm
Maximum View: 2:00 pm

Find times for other locations at

Safe solar viewing tips

  • Never look directly at the Sun. You can seriously hurt your eyes, and even go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a special solar filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don't work.

  • These methods are safe:


  • Solar Viewing Glasses are safe, too. If you normally wear glasses, put the solar viewing glasses on over your normal glasses.


Find instructions and templates for these ideas - and several others - at

For English template, print two-sided, flipped on the long edge.

Instructions available in Spanish

For Spanish template, print two-sided, flipped on the short edge.


Classroom resources

  • Slide presentation for teachers

Developed by Bookmobile Librarian and former science teacher John Van Kampen

- PowerPoint format

- Google Slides format

- Send an email request for a PDF or mp4 video. Please specify preferred format.

Ready-to-go materials developed by My NASA Data educators

Free downloadable guide: Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024: A North American “Double-Header”: A Guide for Public Libraries and Their Communities

Although geared to libraries, this 35-page guide includes great information for teachers and families, with chapters on the science of solar eclipses, safe solar viewing, eclipse event ideas, and additional eclipse resources.

Double-sided handout (8.5x5.5")

Ready-to-print Word document with two images on each side for two handouts per sheet

"What Happens in a Solar Eclipse" diagram and "Safe Solar Viewing" tips

The Bookmobile and public libraries in Viking Library System are distributing free safe solar viewing glasses.*
Supplies are limited.
The only way to safely view the Sun – eclipsed or not – is to either project or filter the Sun's rays.
*Solar viewing glasses are made available to public libraries through the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) program of the Space Science Institute, with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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