A different kind of day trip: Experience the 2024 total eclipse of the sun in Indianapolis
Join Sun Country for a trip to the direct path of the next total solar eclipse. On Monday, April 8, 2024, a dramatic total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Mexico to northeast Canada in a strip approximately 124 miles wide. We’ve got a special flight for the occasion and our friends at Visit Indy have rounded up a handy list of viewing activities happening that day.
Indianapolis will be the eclipse capital of the Midwest with plenty of places to view it, and we’ve added a special flight just for the day. Leave Minneapolis/St. Paul in the morning, experience the eclipse in Indianapolis in the afternoon, and fly home that night. With no hotel needed, this is one of the best, most affordable ways to experience the magic.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes precisely between Earth and the sun while its apparent size is equal to, or bigger than, the sun. Outside of being a celestial event, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience for those of us on Earth. Those present in the path of totality will be treated to an other-worldly experience – the light changes making it feel like sunset in the middle of the day, the temperature drops, and the ground appears to shimmer with shadow bands.
Our flight will land in Indianapolis at approximately 10:35 a.m. and the flight back to Minneapolis will take off at 7:00 p.m. giving you roughly 6 hours on the ground. Travelers will need to organize their own transportation, but with multiple options such as rental cars, rideshare, and buses, you'll have no issue getting around.
While you are on the ground, some options for viewing locations include:
Head to the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There will be NASA experts will be on -hand to answer questions, as well as educational STEM opportunities, programming centered around space discovery. General admission tickets include gate admission and a pair of limited-edition solar eclipse glasses – “The Greatest Spectacles.”
Head to the beautiful green spaces of White River State Park in downtown Indy for an ideal viewing spot. Food trucks will be available along the Old Washington Street Bridge.
Come together with fellow space and astronomy enthusiasts on the front lawn of the museum for eclipse viewing. Delve into the wonders of the total solar eclipse, discover safe viewing techniques, and engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations exploring the sun, Earth, and moon.
The Children's Museum will host a family-friendly event with giveaways and activities, in addition to being another great location for viewing.
If you’d like more information on the Indianapolis eclipse and all the events offered, our friends at Visit Indy have you covered here.
Your next chance to see a total solar eclipse in the United States won’t come around again until 2044, so don’t miss it.
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