Solar Eclipse Countdown: States with the Highest Excitement for the Event

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

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On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse will span across the North American continent. stepped aside from non-stop Indiana sports betting coverage to consider what time is the solar eclipse and which states are most excited to get a glimpse?

We used Google Trends to search for “solar eclipse” on March 19 to monitor excitement by state. Here are the results:

States Most Excited for the Solar Eclipse

RankStateSearch Interest Score
6New Hampshire69
10West Virginia50


Vermont Tops Solar Eclipse List

It would be a crapshoot if Indiana sports betting apps gave odds on the 50 states, of courseYour guess is as good as any, which is why we have data. Based on our research, we found that Vermont is most excited with a search interest score of 100.

Here in Indiana, we placed in the top five, coming in at No. 4, with a search interest score of 82. No. 2 Ohio (91), No. 3 Maine (84) and No. 5 Arkansas (76) complete the top five.

What time is the solar eclipse in Indiana? A city in the Hoosier State - Evansville - is in our Google Trends search interest score map. Citing data from NASA, the partial solar eclipse begins in Evansville at 12:45 p.m. CDT, with the totality of the event beginning at 2:02 p.m. (maximum at 2:04 p.m.). The totality ends at 2:05 p.m. with the partial ending at 3:20 p.m. In all, a viewing experience of 2 hours and 35 minutes.

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What Are We Watching?

According to NASA, a solar eclipse occurs on Earth when a new moon blocks at least part of the sun, as seen from Earth. All solar eclipses project a large fuzzy shadow onto Earth called the penumbra. From within it, observers see a partial solar eclipse, watching the moon gradually block some of the sun before gradually moving away.

Only during a total solar eclipse, when the moon blocks all of the sun, does a smaller, darker shadow called the umbra project onto Earth.

When the moon’s shadow races across Earth on April 8 during the total solar eclipse, it will travel faster than the speed of sound. It will sweep across Earth at more than 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) per hour.

Wherever you are in its path, make sure you plan with the right eye protection and enjoy when day momentarily turns to night. It will come and go before you realize it’s happening.

When we aren’t covering sports betting or checking on the progress of Indiana online casinos, looks at occasional stories of cultural interest such as this.

For instance, check out where Indiana ranks as a pizza-loving state.


Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.