family watching the solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Marion campus parking lots will be open to the community, however buildings will be closed on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Monday, April 8, 2024 

  • Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided until supplies run out.
  • Photos will be taken during this event and your likeness or image may be used for marketing purposes; by coming onto campus you agree to this possibility.
  • Fields at the south end of campus are off limits; stay off farmland as the ground may be plowed or crops planted.
  • No camping
  • No open flames or grills
  • No loud/disruptive music
  • No alcohol or illicit drugs
  • Campus buildings will be closed.
  • Porta potties will be available on campus.
  • Pets must be on a leash and you must clean up after your pet.
  • Bring your own food and drink, find area restaurants at
  • Tours of the Larry R. Yoder Prairie Learning Laboratory will be offered throughout the day (weather permitting)

Viewing details are subject to change.


BEFORE the eclipse, the only ENTRANCE to the campus will be from Mt. Vernon Avenue on April 8th. By entering the Marion campus on April 8th, you agree to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Campus parking lots will open at 7 a.m. on April 8 and will close at noon or until they reach capacity (whichever occurs first).
  • No overnight parking
  • By choosing to park on the Marion campus for this event, you also agree to hold harmless Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College.
  • The Marion campus is not responsible for any car damage, lost items, etc.
  • After the eclipse, BOTH Mt. Vernon Avenue and University Drive will serve as EXITS.


SOLAR ECLIPSE EDUCATIONAL SERIES (free and open to the public)

The Eclipse that changed spacetime: The 1919 solar eclipse and Einstein's rise to fame
Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Physics, Chris Orban
Monday, March 18th, 12:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium
Ohio State Marion Professor Dr. Chris Orban will delve into the history of physics and explain why the observations conducted during the 1919 solar eclipse changed the way we think about space and time. Prior to that eclipse, Einstein's theory of relativity was still very new and untested, and Einstein himself was far from being a household name.  Enjoy the talk and if it's sunny Professor Orban will lead some solar observing afterwards!

Solar Eclipse Interesting Facts
Ohio State’s Dr. Wayne Schlingman, Planetarium Director/Director of Undergraduate Studies 
Thursday, March 28th, 12:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium
Solar eclipse interesting facts and information will be shared to provide context for what’s to come! You won’t want to miss this!

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