2024 Oklahoma Solar Eclipse: Path of Totality, Where to See It, & Tips!

2024 Oklahoma Solar Eclipse
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Do you know where you’ll be on Monday, April 8, 2024? Because I do!

There will be a solar eclipse that day, and a teeny, tiny sliver of Oklahoma will be in the path of totality, experiencing a total solar eclipse.

Other Oklahoma towns and cities will get to experience a partial solar eclipse.

And that’s not all. Guys, it will be the last one in the contiguous United States for 20 years. TWENTY!

So I’m writing this guide to viewing the 2024 Oklahoma Solar eclipse a little bit early – because I want you to be able to make plans to see it if you are so inclined. Because we won’t get another chance for a long time!

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Guide to Viewing the 2024 Oklahoma Solar Eclipse

Here’s what you need to know.

What is a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. This blocks out the Sun, either partially or completely.

What is the Difference Between a Total and Partial Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse happens when the Sun is completely blocked by the Moon. Anything less than 100% coverage is considered a partial solar eclipse.

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How to View the Solar Eclipse

Do not stare directly into the sun. To look at the solar eclipse, you will need ISO Certified sunglasses.

You need them to see the partial eclipse and to see the eclipse in areas where there will be a total eclipse during the period leading up to 100% coverage.

This means that no matter where you are in Oklahoma if you want to look at the eclipse, you need glasses.

You can get a sturdy pair or a paper pair.

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Kids can use a child’s size pair.

Teachers can get a classroom-sized set like this instead of buying them individually. Librarians can reach out to Star.net to get free solar glasses for libraries.

Order early! In 2017, glasses became hard to get as the eclipse got closer.

While there’s lots of cool eclipse gear out there (like this t-shirt), you don’t need more than glasses unless you plan on photographing the eclipse. More on that below.

Note that you cannot wear regular sunglasses in place of ISO Certified Sunglasses.

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What Time is the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Oklahoma (CST)?

The exact time varies slightly by location. In Talihina, the exact total eclipse time is 1 min and 14 seconds and starts at 1:47 PM (well, 1:47:47).

However, in Hochatown, the total eclipse time is 4 minutes and 11 seconds and starts at 1:45 PM (1:45:56).

2024 Oklahoma Solar Eclipse Path of Totality Map

You can see the Oklahoma towns in the path of totality for the 2024 solar eclipse on this map, experiencing a total solar eclipse:

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The rest of the state will experience a partial solar eclipse.

Oklahoma Towns in the Path of Totality for the Eclipse in 2024

While some of the more famous places in Oklahoma that will be in the path of totality include Broken Bow, Talihina, and Hochatown, there are quite a few towns in southeastern Oklahoma that will experience the total solar eclipse.

(Highlighted towns have hotel and/or cabin suggestions in the next section).

Albany | Albion | Alikchi | Antlers | Apple | Battiest | Beachton | Belzoni | Bennington | Bethel | Big Cedar | Big Rocks | Bokhoma | Boswell | Braidwood | Broken Bow | Burwell

Cameron | Cavanal | Clebit | Cloudy | Compton | Conser | Corinne | Crossroads | Dela | Divide | Eagletown | Eastport | Ethel

Fallon | Farmers Hill | Felker | Fewell | Finley | Fogel | Forest Hill | Forney | Forrester | Fort Townson | Frogville | Garvin | Gay | Gilmore | Glendale | Glover | Golden | Goodlake | Goodland | Goodwater | Grant | Greenwood

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Hamden | Harris | Haw Creek | Haworth | Heavener | Hiawatha | High Hill | Hill | Hill Chapel | Hochatown | Hodgen | Holly Creek | Honobia | Hontubby | Howe | Hugo | Huskey | Idabel | Jasper | Kellond | Kemp | Kent | Kiamchi | Kosoma

The entire Oklahoma portion of the Talimena National Scenic Byway will be in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse. Oklahoma - Talimena National Scenic Byway AKA the Talimena Scenic Drive - photo by Stephanie Craig
The entire Oklahoma portion of the Talimena National Scenic Byway will be in the path of totality for the 2024 total solar eclipse.

Lamberson | Lenox | Lone Pine | Loving | Ludlow | Mayhew | Messer | Millerton | Monroe | Moon | Mound Grove | Mount Herman | Mount Zion | Moyers | Muse

Nani-chito | Nashoba | Neff | Nelson | New Oberlin | Nolia | North Pole | North Sobol | Oak Hill | Oberlin | Octavia | Oleta | Ord | Page | Petros | Pickens | Pleasant Hill | Plunketville | Poteau

Rattan | Redland | Reichert | Ringold | Rock Island | Rufe | Sand Bluff | Sawyer | Sherwood | Shinewell | Shoals | Shults | Slim | Smacker | Smith-Lee | Smithville | Snow | Sobol | Soper | Sorrels | Speer | Spencerville | Stapp | Sugar Creek | Summerfield | Sunkist | Swink

Talihina | Tom | Trustle Ford | Ultima Thule | Unger | Valliant | Victor | Virgil | Wade | Watson | Weeks | West Ford Towson | Whitesboro | Williams | Wister | Witteville | Wright City | Yarnaby | Yerby | Yuba | Zafra | Zoe

Where to Stay to See the Total Eclipse (Hotels + Cabins in the Path of Totality)

Luckily this is a very popular part of the state for tourism, so there are options for places to stay. Book early, because most of these places will sell out in advance.

Broken Bow + Hochatown

HiWay Inn Express of Broken Bow (Mid-Range Hotel)

Summer Sundance! Hochatown Adventures RV PARK! (Mid-Range RV)

Elk Grove Cabin (Mid-Range Cabin)

Shear Pleasure (Mid-Range Cabin)

Stunning Cabin w Hot Tub and Fire Pit (Luxury Cabin)

Heavener

Hodler Inn (Budget Hotel)

Hugo + Grant

Choctaw Resort Hotel (3-star Resort Hotel)

Idabel

Comfort Suites Idabel (Mid-Range Hotel)

Poteau

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Mid-Range Hotel)

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western (Mid-Range Hotel)

Talihina

Hootie Creek Guest House (Mid-Range Hotel)

Talihina Retreat with Kiamichi River Access! (Mid-Range Cabin)

Oklahoma State Parks in the Path of Totality

Another lodging option is to book a cabin or campsite at one of the five Oklahoma State Parks in the path of totality:

Beavers Bend State Park

Clayton Lake

Lake Wister State Park

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Raymond Gary State Park

Talimena State Park (gateway to the Talimena National Scenic Byway)

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Experiencing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City will experience a partial eclipse that reaches 94% coverage of the Sun. The maximum coverage will be at 1:45 PM. (1:45:30 PM)

Experiencing the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Tulsa

Tulsa will experience a partial eclipse that reaches 95% coverage of the Sun. The maximum coverage will be at 1:48 PM. (1:48:51 PM)

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How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse

To photograph a solar eclipse, you need to have a filter that attaches to the front of your camera or telescope. You will need to get a solar eclipse camera filter for your lens.

Alternatively, you can get a Solar Snap Eclipse Kit for your smartphone.

Before the eclipse, brush up on how to take a photograph of an eclipse. This guide is a good place to start.

Future Oklahoma Total Solar Eclipses

August 12, 2045: the path of totality will include Oklahoma City and northeastern Oklahoma

June 30, 2345: the path of totality will include southwestern Oklahoma, but I don’t expect to be around to see it in 300+ years!

Future Oklahoma Partial Solar Eclipses

While we won’t see another total solar eclipse for a long time, we do have a partial solar eclipse on October 14, 2023. The next after that will be June 11, 2048.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the 2024 Oklahoma Solar Eclipse (FAQ)

Here’s what people ask most often about the upcoming 2024 solar eclipse in Oklahoma.

Where is the path of the 2024 eclipse in Oklahoma?

Only a portion of southeastern Oklahoma is inside the path of totality.

What time is the eclipse in 2024 in Oklahoma (Central Standard Time)?

The exact time varies by town, but Oklahoma will experience the 2024 eclipse around 1:45 PM.

When is the next solar eclipse in Oklahoma?

The next solar eclipse in Oklahoma is on April 8, 2024. The next one after that is on August 12, 2045.

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