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Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, is set to be a breathtaking celestial display where the moon will perfectly align with the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. During a total solar eclipse, the sky darkens, stars become visible, and the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, emerges in a stunning display of light and color. It's a moment that has mesmerized people for centuries and continues to captivate audiences around the globe.

Looking for housing?

For those interested in viewing this awe-inspiring event, Open Door Vacation Rentals has rental availability for those looking to stay overnight or to make a weekend out of it. Whether you choose to watch the eclipse from the comfort of your vacation rental or venture out to a nearby location, you'll have the perfect vantage point to witness this natural phenomenon.

Viewing from Ludlow

Ludlow is just beyond the path of totality, but will still have a 98% coverage at its peak: 3:28 pm. View the eclipse map to see more location timing.

Path of Totality Viewing

If you're looking to experience the solar eclipse in the path of totality, where the moon completely covers the sun, a drive of just over an hour to Middlebury will bring you to the optimal viewing spot. This is an easy out-and-back trip. 

Viewing Safety

It's essential to prioritize safety when choosing a spot to view the eclipse. While the temptation to venture into the backcountry or explore muddy trails may be strong, opt for easily accessible and stable locations. Vermont Public says, "[a] potential danger for hikers unfamiliar with Vermont is the possibility of winter conditions at mountain summits. Visitors may assume the spring conditions they experience in town will continue up a mountain without the necessary equipment to traverse and survive in snow and ice. Busy roadways and bad traffic could complicate rescue efforts."

Remember to protect your eyes with certified eclipse glasses and avoid looking directly at the sun to prevent any damage to your vision. Look for the ISO certification label on the glasses to confirm that the glasses are safe for solar viewing.

How rare are solar eclipses?

Vermont saw its last total solar eclipse in 1932, and won't see another until 2106. From Vermont, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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