How and where to watch the April 8 solar eclipse online for free

On April 8 a total solar eclipse will be visible through northern Mexico, parts of 15 U.S. states and southeastern Canada. That's just a few days away!

It will be one of the most-watched eclipses ever with over 32 million people living within the path of totality — a 115-mile (185-kilometer) wide route through Northern America where the moon will cover 100% of the sun's disk.

If you cannot witness the solar eclipse in person, you can watch all the action unfold here on Live Science's sister site courtesy of NASA. The livestream coverage begins at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) on Monday. You can also keep up with all the eclipse content with the total solar eclipse live blog and count down to what is expected to be the skywatching event of the year.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves between Earth and the sun, appearing almost exactly the same size as the sun. During totality, the moon blocks the entire solar disk for a few minutes (the duration of totality depends on where you are viewing it from).

Total solar eclipse livestreams

This list will be updated as more livestreams become available as we approach the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Timeanddate livestream

Skywatching website will be covering the total solar eclipse from start to finish with their livestream and live blog that will feature real-time progress reports and background information.

NASA livestream

Watch the total solar eclipse 2024 live with NASA as it moves across North America on April 8, 2024, traveling through Mexico, across the United States from Texas to Maine, and out across Canada's Atlantic coast.

The livestream will be running from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT (1700 to 2000 GMT) on April 8, During the broadcast NASA will be sharing conversations with experts and provide telescope views of the eclipse from several sites along the eclipse path. Make sure to send in your questions in the chat using #askNASA for a chance to have them answered live.

Related: 4 ways you can help NASA study the April 8 solar eclipse

UMaine livestream from the stratosphere

The University of Maine's livestream from the stratosphere takes eclipse viewing to a whole new level. 

UMaine is among 75 institutions comprising 53 teams nationwide to participate in the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project led by Montana State University (MSU). The project aims to broaden the participation of STEM learners from various higher education institutions by collecting valuable data from scientific ballooning.

McDonald observatory livestream

The McDonald Observatory, an astronomical research facility part of the University of Texas will be livestreaming the total solar eclipse on April 8. 

"Join us as we talk about eclipses, what causes them, how to safely view them and watch the peak of the eclipse from three locations in Texas: McDonald Observatory, Lake Buchanan, and Irving." said the McDonald Observatory in a statement on their YouTube livestream

Notable locations for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

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LocationTotality (local time)Totality duration
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico11:07 a.m. MST4 minutes 20 seconds
Durango, Durango, Mexico12:12 p.m. CST3 minutes 50 seconds
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico12:16 p.m. CST4 minutes 11 seconds
Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico/Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S.1:27 p.m. CDT4 minutes 24 seconds
Kerrville, Texas, U.S.1:32 p.m. CDT4 minutes 25 seconds
Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S.1:32 p.m. CDT4 minutes 25 seconds
Dallas, Texas, U.S.1:40 p.m. CDT3 minutes 52 seconds
Idabel, Oklahoma, U.S.U.S: 1:45 p.m CDT4 minutes 19 seconds
Russellville, Arkansas, U.S.1:49 p.m. CDT4 minutes 12 seconds
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.1:58 p.m. CDT4 minutes 7 seconds
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.1:59 p.m. CDT4 minutes 10 seconds
Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.3:04 p.m. EDT4 minutes 3 seconds
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.3:06 p.m. EDT3 minutes 51 seconds
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.3:13 p.m. EDT3 minutes 50 seconds
Erie, PennsylvaniaU.S: 3:16 p.m. EDT3 minutes 43 seconds
Rochester, New York, U.S.3:20 p.m. EDT3 minutes 40 seconds
Vermont, U.S.3:27 p.m. EDT1 minutes 42 seconds
Oakfield, Maine, U.S3:31 p.m. EDT3 minutes 23 seconds
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada3:18 p.m. EDT3 minutes 31 seconds
Montreal, Quebec, Canada3:26 p.m. EDT1 minute 57 seconds
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada4:34 p.m. ADT3 minutes 8 seconds
Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada4:35 p.m. ADT3 minutes 12 seconds
Catalina, Newfoundland, Canada5:13 p.m. NDT2 minutes 53 seconds

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Daisy Dobrijevic
Reference Channel Editor,

Daisy Dobrijevic joined in February 2022 as a reference writer having previously worked for our sister publication All About Space magazine as a staff writer. Before joining us, Daisy completed an editorial internship with the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and worked at the National Space Centre in Leicester, U.K., where she enjoyed communicating space science to the public. In 2021, Daisy completed a PhD in plant physiology and also holds a Master's in Environmental Science, she is currently based in Nottingham, U.K.