Eclipse 2024

April 8th, 2024
1:45 PM

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.  A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.

People viewing the eclipse from the city of Idabel where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun – known as the path of totality – will experience a total solar eclipse.  The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk and, Weather permitting, people along the path of totality will see the Sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

Path of Totality in the Idabel Area
Path of Totality in the Idabel Area

Safety

Except during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.

When watching the partial phases of the solar eclipse directly with your eyes, which happens before and after totality, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. You can also use an indirect viewing method, such as a pinhole projector.

Current Weather and Forecast

Idabel Weather

Local Eclipse Information

What is the best route when I arrive in Idabel? How will traffic be routed the day of the Eclipse?

Here's what's going on in Idabel for the Eclipse Celebration.

Idabel Chamber of Commerce - Eclipse Festival

Here is what we're doing to keep Residents and Visitors safe during the Eclipse.

Eclipse Resources Map
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Public Safety Contacts

Emergencies - Dial 911

Idabel Police Department

580-286-6554 (Non-Emergency)
Fax: 580-286-2196

Idabel Fire Department

580-286-3704 (Non-Emergency)

McCurtain Memorial Hospital

Local Phone: 580-286-7623
Toll Free: 800-867-1182

McCurtain County EMS

580-286-7585

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