2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Prince Edward Island. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks some or all of our view of the sun. 

The western part of PEI will experience a total solar eclipse (100% of sun blocked), while central and eastern locations will experience a significant partial solar eclipse (more than 98% of the sun’s disk covered by the moon). What will you experience during a solar eclipse? Check out this detailed description of the multi-sensory experience to find out.

Map of Prince Edward Island showing the regions that will experience a total solar eclipse and a partical solar eclipse. Image source:  timeanddate.com

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from PEI was July 10, 1972. After 2024, PEI will not experience another total solar eclipse until May 1, 2079.

You can find detailed information about the timing of the solar eclipse for different locations across the Island on our Timing of the 2024 Eclipse page. For advice on how to prepare to view the eclipse safely, check out our Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing page. To read about how the Island observed past solar eclipses, have a look at our Historic PEI Solar Eclipses page.

If you are an educator and are looking for resources to teach about the eclipse, check out the Discover the Universe eclipse page.

Below are two short videos showing simulations of the eclipse (at 50-times-speed) from two different Island locations. To see what the eclipse will look like from your location, or to spend more time exploring the different parts of the eclipse, try out this eclipse simulator. To see predictions of what the sun’s corona will look like on eclipse day, visit the Live Coronal Prediction website.

Places in the western part of the Island will see a total solar eclipse, like the one shown in this simulation for Tignish.
Most parts of the Island will see a 98% to 99% partial solar eclipse, like the one shown in this simulation for Georgetown.
A prediction of the sun’s corona that will be visible during totality from western PEI. This image is the prediction as of March 27. The prediction is based on live mapping of the sun’s magnetic, so the prediction will evolve as the time of the eclipse approaches. You can see an up-to-date prediction at the Live Coronal Prediction website.