Experts predict that a TOTAL solar eclipse will grace North America within two years.
The ‘Great North American Solar Eclipse will cross the United States on April 8, 2024.
The event will plunge nearly 124-miles of land – from Mexico to Canada – into momentary darkness.
Here are the facts about this spectacular eclipse.
What is a sunspot?
A solar eclipse is an natural phenomenon where the Sun is blocked or cast shadows on the Earth by the Moon.
If the Sun, Moon and Earth align, this can cause a partial or complete blockage.
As the Sun’s rays are blocked, it gives people a chance to witness its fiery corona.
What is it that makes this eclipse so special?
It’s important to remember that total eclipses occur about once every 18-months.
A solar eclipse that spans as far as 124 miles, however, is rare.
This eclipse was last seen in 2017 and 1918, respectively.
This is to note that a total solar eclipse across the country after 2024 will not be seen again until 2045.
According to the International Eclipse Project, the 2024 eclipse will also last longer and cast a larger shadow than that of 2017. Space.com.
When is the best time to watch the eclipse
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 will start on April 8, 2024, in Mazatlán, Mexico, at 10:51 a.m. local time.
The event will then pass northeast through Newfoundland Labrador, Canada, and it will begin its eclipse at 4:07 PM local time.
Totality — when the moon fully covers the sun and the sky goes dark – will occur over central Texas around 1:30 p.m. local time.
It will take approximately 4 minutes and 26 seconds.
Where can you see the eclipse from?
You can see the partial eclipse from most of the lower 48 US states.
However, the total eclipse will not be visible from Texas and Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri or Kentucky.
If you are not in the path, the event is likely to be live-streamed at observatories around the country.
How can I view the solar eclipse from my home?
To view a solar eclipse you will need special glasses that have been approved by the International Organization for Standardization.
Sun exposure should be avoided as it can cause damage to your eyes.
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