NASA image of an solar eclipse
New Hampshire's total solar eclipse 2024
Viewing opportunities and resources for the eclipse on April 8, 2024


Starts 2:15 p.m.
Mid-Eclipse 3:30 p.m.
Ends 4:39 p.m.


100% (Total) in and around Lancaster, NH
99% - 94% elsewhere in the state
Map of United States with path of the April 2024 solar ecliipes
Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, Visualizers Michala Garrison (SSAI) [Lead] and  Ernie Wright (USRA), with Technical support by Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.) and Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

What is a solar eclipse? 

When the Moon's orbit positions it between the Sun and Earth, it blocks the light of the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. On April 8, 2024, this shadow will fall on the northern part of New Hampshire, resulting in a solar eclipse.



Never Look Directly at the Sun 

  • View the Sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality.

  • You can view the eclipse directly without proper eye protection only when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s bright face – during the brief and spectacular period known as totality. (You’ll know it’s safe when you can no longer see any part of the Sun through eclipse glasses or a solar viewer.)

  • As soon as you see even a little bit of the bright Sun reappear after totality, immediately put your eclipse glasses back on or use a handheld solar viewer to look at the Sun.

Learn More About Safety from NASA

Child wearing solar eclipse viewing glasses, Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Did you know the University of the New Hampshire has a Space Science Center? 

At the UNH Space Science Center, faculty and students work on cutting-edge reseach areas like astrophysics, coronal mass ejections, cosmic rays, experimental space plasma, lighting physics and space plasma theory. They explore the ionosphere, the Earth's magnetosphere, our solar system and the farthest reaches of the universe. 

Examples from the UNH Space Science Center


HelioSwarm is a new NASA mission,  led by UNH researcher Harlan Spence, to unlock the mystery of how turbulence heats space plasma, which is matter that makes up key elements in the Universe, like the Sun, stars, solar wind and even the Earth's upper atmosphere. See the video simulation of space plasma below. 

Click here to go the the HelioSwarm website.

A large bright orange solar storm of plasma CREDIT: NASA/GSFC/TRACE

Earth’s atmosphere plays major role in creating space storms

Research findings will help improve predictions of storms that disrupt technology, power grids. Click to read the space storm story. 

Image of deep space with glowing plasma, egulfing a small planet and a sun

Solar Windfall

UNH to lead $250M NASA mission to study turbulence in solar wind and space plasmas. Click to read the Solar Windfall story.