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April 8, 2024 Great North American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse 2024)

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April 8, 2024 Great North American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse 2024)

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The April 8, 2024, Great North American Eclipse is an upcoming total eclipse visible across North America.

This celestial event eagerly anticipated by astronomy enthusiasts. During this eclipse, the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing the sun to be blocked entirely and creating a period of total darkness. This phenomenon is known as a total solar eclipse.

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2024/04/08 13:30:00

The Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024, will be visible in parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The eclipse path will begin in Mexico and pass through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine before ending in the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 8, 2024 Great North American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse 2024)

The path of totality in North America begins in Mexico and ends in Main. Along its path, for example, totality begins at 1:40 pm CDT in Texas (Dallas). In Southern Indiana, totality begins around 2:02 p.m. CDT (Evansville).  In Maine, totality begins around 3:32 pm EDT (Caribou). The eclipse will last for approximately four minutes and 28 seconds, making it one of the longest total solar eclipses of the 21st century.

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The Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024, offers astronomy enthusiasts in North America a rare opportunity to witness a spectacular celestial event. The total darkness created by the eclipse is a rare and beautiful sight that will captivate viewers.

Those planning to observe the Great North American Eclipse must take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can cause permanent eye damage, so it is crucial to use proper eye protection. In addition, special eclipse glasses or solar filters for telescopes or cameras can be used to view the event safely.

It is also essential to find a suitable location for viewing the eclipse. The eclipse path passes through many heavily populated areas, and observers may need to travel to reach an appropriate viewing location. Weather conditions can also impact visibility. Therefore, observers may need to consider cloud cover or other factors when choosing a viewing site.

For those unable to witness the Great North American Eclipse in person, many online resources will provide live streams or recordings of the event. This allows viewers worldwide to experience the beauty of the eclipse from the comfort of their homes.

The Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024, is a rare and beautiful celestial event that offers astronomy enthusiasts in North America a unique opportunity to witness a period of total darkness. With proper planning and necessary precautions, observers can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while witnessing this rare event. Whether observing in person or online, the Great North American Eclipse is sure to be a stunning display of the beauty of our solar system.

When?
Apr 08, 2024 at 6:23 pm UTC
Countdown
37 days
Region
North America

How to protect your eyes!

Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (except during the very brief time the sun is in total eclipse; and even then, with caution). Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes. After viewing a solar eclipse, seek treatment from an eye care professional if you or your child have any changes in vision that continue to get worse. Read more about eye safety >>

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