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New Orleans solar eclipse: A guide to viewing parties, safety, and weather

A rare natural occurrence

Partial Solar Eclipse Over Central Europe
A partial solar eclipse will be visible in New Orleans, beginning at 11:58 a.m.
Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Today is a big day for sky watchers. Starting around noon, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in New Orleans. If you didn’t have time to travel to witness a totality, you’ll still be able to make a day out of the partial phenomenon visible in the Crescent City.

When will it happen?

Out sister site, Vox, published an interactive tool that calculates visibility of the solar eclipse based on your ZIP code. In New Orleans, the Eclipse will start at 11:58 a.m., reach its maximum coverage (roughly 75 percent) at 1:28 p.m., and end at 2:54 p.m.

Officials at NASA created a handy guide on how to view the eclipse safely.

Where should I watch the solar eclipse in New Orleans?

If you have the day off, or looking for a place to view the natural phenomenon in New Orleans, check out this map of 10 locations to watch the solar eclipse. Xavier University, University of New Orleans, the Ogden Museum, and Milan Lounge will all host public viewing parties during the eclipse.

What about the weather?

While the National Weather Service expects New Orleans to be partly cloudy with a few isolated shower and storms today, it predicts the city will have “pretty good weather to view the eclipse!”

What happens if I’m stuck behind a computer?

You can watch a live stream of eclipse coverage provided by NASA, starting at 11 a.m. CST.

If you do happen to miss this one, the next solar eclipse visible in the United States will take place April 8, 2024.