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    Total Eclipse April 8, 2024

    A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun's light. This celestial event can only happen during a new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as observed from Earth.

Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse April 8, 2024

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun's light. This celestial event can only happen during a new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as observed from Earth.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun's light. This celestial event can only happen during a new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as observed from Earth.

There are three main types of solar eclipses:

  • Total Solar Eclipse: This occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Sun's outer atmosphere (corona) becomes visible. Total solar eclipses are a rare and spectacular event for observers within the narrow path of totality. The Montgomery County, Ohio area will experience this on April 8, 2024 at 3:09 pm and last for 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
  • Partial Solar Eclipse: In a partial solar eclipse, only a portion of the Sun is obscured by the Moon, and observers see a fraction of the Sun's disk covered.
  • Annular Solar Eclipse: An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the center of the Sun, leaving the Sun's outer edges visible, creating a "ring of fire" effect. This occurs because the Moon is relatively farther from Earth in its elliptical orbit, and its apparent size is not large enough to completely cover the Sun.

It's important to note that looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. Special protective eyewear or indirect viewing methods, such as pinhole projectors, should be used to safely observe a solar eclipse.

Food

A food license is required in the state of Ohio to sell food under most circumstances, even temporary food service operations or food establishments. These applications are due 10 days prior to the event. Selling food is governed by Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Temporary food license application: https://www.phdmc.org/agency/programs-services/food-protection/2751-2023-temporary-food-application/file

ORC 3717

(C) "Retail food establishment" means a premises or part of a premises where food is stored, processed, prepared, manufactured, or otherwise held or handled for retail sale. Except when expressly provided otherwise, "retail food establishment" includes a mobile retail food establishment, seasonal retail food establishment, and temporary retail food establishment.

(F) "Food service operation" means a place, location, site, or separate area where food intended to be served in individual portions is prepared or served for a charge or required donation. As used in this division, "served" means a response made to an order for one or more individual portions of food in a form that is edible without washing, cooking, or additional preparation and "prepared" means any action that affects a food other than receiving or maintaining it at the temperature at which it was received.

Campgrounds

A permit is required for all temporary campgrounds. These are governed by Chapter 3729 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-26 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Temporary Campground License Application: https://www.phdmc.org/agency/programs-services/campground/2868-temporary-campground-application/file

ORC 3729

(V) "Temporary park-camp" means any tract of land used for a period not to exceed a total of twenty-one days per calendar year for the purpose of parking five or more recreational vehicles, dependent recreational vehicles, or portable camping units, or any combination thereof, for one or more periods of time that do not exceed seven consecutive days or parts thereof.

Dayton and surrounding areas will experience an extremely rare event, a total solar eclipse that will cross North America on April 8, 2024. The total eclipse in Dayton will begin at 3:08 pm and last 2 minutes and 42 seconds; other parts of the state could last up to 4 minutes. This is the first total solar eclipse in Ohio since 1806 and the next Total Solar eclipse in Ohio will not be until 2099.

Host Dan Suffoletto, Public Information Manager, speaks with Larry Cleek, Emergency Preparedness Manager, and Matthew Tyler, Director of the Office of Environment Health about how you can prepare for viewing the eclipse, safety precautions you can take, and the environmental health concerns.

Total Solar Eclipse 2024