These eclipse-themed places will experience totality on April 8, 2024

Map of North America showing the path of the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 passing through eclipse-related place names.
There are dozens of eclipse-related place names in North America. (Image credit: Michael Zeiler/GreatAmericanEclipse.com)

Will you be in Shadowland, Texas, to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024? How about watching the lunar disk cross the solar disk from Moon Beach, New York, or glimpsing the sun's halo from Corona, Missouri? 

You could visit thousands of locations to experience totality in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, but make sure you are within the path of totality. Only then will you experience darkness in the middle of the day and be able to see the sun's corona with your own eyes, at all other times precautions must be taken. About 115 miles wide, it will stretch 10,000 miles across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via North America, making land at Mazatlán, Mexico and departing from Newfoundland, Canada. 

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In between, it will cross parts of 15 U.S. states — and dozens of eclipse-themed place names. "I found a database of every single place name in North America, and I just searched through this database for eclipse-related place names,"  Michael Zeiler, an eclipse cartographer and historian at GreatAmericanEclipse.com, told Space.com. "These were the best ones that I found." Some have a history associated with historic solar eclipses; others are by pure chance. 

REMEMBER to NEVER look at the sun directly. To safely view this solar eclipse you must use solar filters at all times. Only during the exact moment of totality, when the sun's disk is 100% blocked by the moon can you look with the naked eye. This is possible only within the path of totality, and only for a few minutes depending on your location within the path. At all other times, precautions must be taken. Observers will need to wear certified solar eclipse glasses, and cameras, telescopes and binoculars must have solar filters placed in front of their lenses. For more information on solar viewing safety check out our how to observe the sun safely guide.

Here are the highlights — and a complete list of all the eclipse-themed locations you could experience totality from on April 8, 2024: 

Eclipse Island, Newfoundland 

Eclipse Island is off Burgeo, Newfoundland.  (Image credit: Posnov via Getty Images)

"The best one is Eclipse Island in Newfoundland," said Zeiler. "It got that name because Captain James Cook observed an eclipse from that island." 

An annular solar eclipse — known as a "ring of fire" — occurred on August 5, 1766, though if Cook did see it from Eclipse Island, near Burgeo, then he would have observed it from very close to the central path as an 84% partial solar eclipse. 

He recorded the exact times of the beginning and end of the eclipse to help calculate his longitude. At the time, Cook was mapping the coast of Newfoundland and the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River aboard HMS Grenville. Although potentially a fun place to watch the eclipse, this day has been cloudy 78% of the time since 2000, according to Timeanddate

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Shadowland and Sun Valley, Texas 

Northern Texas has two eclipse-related place names very close to each other in Red River County, close to the border with Oklahoma. Sun Valley has a population of 69 and is seven miles east of Paris, Texas, where a red cowboy hat sits on top of a 60-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. 

Slightly closer to the centerline of the path of totality is Shadowland, five miles west of Bogata, though it's a name on the map rather than an actual place, with no evidence of any buildings. Don't confuse it with Shadowland Cabin, a luxury log cabin in Wimberley, Texas, already booked up for the eclipse.

  • Villa Corona, Durango, Mexico
    Local time and duration of totality: 12:09 p.m. MST; 4 minutes, 18 seconds
  • Corona del Valle, Durango, Mexico
    Local time and duration of totality: 12:13 p.m. CST; 3 minutes, 33 seconds
  • El Sol, Coahuila, Mexico
    Local time and duration of totality: 12:19 p.m. CST; 1 minute, 51 seconds
  • Ejido Mota de Corona, Coahuila, Mexico
    Local time and duration of totality: 12:24 p.m. CST; 3 minutes, 25 seconds
  • Luna, Texas
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:40 p.m. CDT; 1 minute, 23 seconds
  • Shadowland, Texas
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:44 p.m. CDT; 4 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Sun Valley, Texas
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:44 p.m. CDT; 4 minutes, 6 seconds
  • Moon, Oklahoma
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:45 p.m. CDT; 4 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Sun Terrace Cove, Arkansas
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:52 p.m. CDT; 2 minutes, 47 seconds
  • Luna, Missouri
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:54 p.m. CDT; 1 minute, 54 seconds
  • Corona, Missouri
    Local time and duration of totality: 1:54 p.m. CDT; 4 minutes, 2 seconds
  • Sun Valley, Ohio
    Local time and duration of totality: 3:10 p.m. EDT; 2 minutes, 27 seconds
  • Luna Pier, Michigan
    Local time and duration of totality: 3:13 p.m. EDT; 6 seconds
  • Moon Beach, Sterling, New York
    Local time and duration of totality: 3:21 p.m. EDT; 3 minutes, 29 seconds
  • Moon Island, Maine
    Local time and duration of totality: 3:32 p.m. EDT; 1 minute, 55 seconds
  • Half Moon Pit, New Brunswick
    Local time and duration of totality: 4:32 p.m. ADT; 3 minutes, 19 seconds
  • Eclipse Island, Newfoundland, Canada
    Local time and duration of totality: 5:11 p.m. NDT; 2 minutes, 16 seconds

Places called 'Eclipse' in the U.S. outside the path of totality:  

Away from the path of totality, there are just as many eclipse-related names, of course, with two called Eclipse, one close to Norfolk, Virginia (79% partial solar eclipse) and the other near Houston, Texas (94% partial solar eclipse).  

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Jamie Carter
Contributing Writer

Jamie is an experienced science, technology and travel journalist and stargazer who writes about exploring the night sky, solar and lunar eclipses, moon-gazing, astro-travel, astronomy and space exploration. He is the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com and author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners, and is a senior contributor at Forbes. His special skill is turning tech-babble into plain English.