Solar Eclipse

Troy Families and Community ~

As you may know, a total solar eclipse affecting some of northern Pennsylvania will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024.  Several districts in our area have changed their schedule for that day.  The eclipse (partial to total darkness) is projected to be visible in the afternoon, about the same time as our normal dismissal time.  Knowing this, Troy will operate on a one-hour early dismissal.  The schedule adjustment will allow us to ensure students are transported home safely. Any parent/guardian who would like to pick up their child prior to the one-hour early dismissal may do so with no absence penalty.


April 8, 2024 ~ Early Dismissal by Building

WR. Croman ~ 1:40pm

Intermediate ~ 1:58pm

Jr/Sr HS ~ 1:58pm


Athletics ~ Contact Coaches with any questions

Games will be on time and follow the original schedule

Junior High practice will be canceled

Varsity will begin practice at 4:30pm


About the April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse

Pennsylvania has the distinct privilege of once again being in the direct line of a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.  The last time Pennsylvania was in direct line with a total eclipse was 1806.  While the path is somewhat westwardly oriented in comparison to the last eclipse, much of Pennsylvania will lie within the paths of totality or partial totality.  The next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous United States will occur in 2044.


Eclipse Timeline in Pennsylvania

2:00 PM:  The eclipse phase sequence will begin around 2:00 p.m. (EST).  As the Moon's orbit begins to travel in between the Sun and Earth, appearing as a dark shadow increasingly moving into the bright sphere of the sun.

3:00 PM:  When the Moon is covering most of the Sun, watch for the ambient light to change and grow dimmer. The change will become more pronounced in the last 15 minutes before totality. The light may look eerie or strange. Even if it's cloudy and you can't see the Sun, the skies will still grow darker.

3:15 PM – 3:20 PM:  Within the path of totality, the total eclipse phase as the Moon completely covers the Sun's surface. The sky will darken much like dawn or dusk for the short duration of the total eclipse.

3:20 PM – 4:30 PM:  The phases of the solar eclipse will be played out in reverse.

4:30 PM:  The visible eclipse effects will conclude around 4:30 p.m. in Pennsylvania.


Eye Safety

Observers should always use solar viewing or eclipse glasses, hand-held solar viewers made with sun filter film or an alternative safe solar viewing method, such as a pinhole projector to view the sun.  Eye safety precautions during the eclipse should be followed when viewing from both indoor and outdoor locations.


Thank you,

Dr. Janilyn Elias


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