The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Spectacular: What you need to know

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Spectacular: What you need to know

A Total Eclipse 

On April 8th, a unique celestial event will unfold, offering a rare opportunity for many Americans to witness a total solar eclipse. This remarkable phenomenon, occurring just seven years after the last one visible in our hemisphere, is a testament to the awe-inspiring wonders of our universe. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses completely in front of the sun, causing the skies to go dark for a few moments. 

What makes this eclipse special? 

All eclipses are cool, to say the least, but this one will be a little different than the last. The path of totality is the direction and path the moon will travel where viewers will be able to see the moon totally block out the sun. Compared to 2017, this eclipse will have a much wider path of totality and will cover more populated areas, meaning more people will be able to see it. However, even if you’re not in the path of totality, 99% of those in the United States will still be able to see at least some of the eclipse this year. 

The period of totality, the length of time viewers will be able to see the moon block the sun, lasted around 2 minutes and 42 seconds in 2017. This year’s eclipse will be one of the longest on record, with the totality reaching up to 4 minutes and 28 seconds in some areas. 

This year's heightened solar activity will also allow viewers to see streamers and prominences, which look like bright pink loops, coming off the sun. 

Fun ways to watch the eclipse: 

April 8th is a Monday, and depending on where you live, most of us will be at work during the eclipse. That doesn’t mean you can’t take a break and watch this incredible event! Just make sure to do so safely with proper eye equipment. If you have the time to plan, check out the path of totality and make a whole day of it! 

Go camping - Get away from the crowds and spend the day in nature. The entire eclipse will last a few hours, so take the day, grab some chairs and snacks, and enjoy!

Travel - If you are one of the lucky few who can easily travel to a city within the path of totality, go! Austin, Texas, Cleveland, Ohio, and Niagara Falls are directly within the path and will have the best viewing potential. Click here for a full map. 

You don’t have to be an astronomy enthusiast to appreciate the spectacular event that will be this year’s solar eclipse. Grab some safety glasses, block an hour on your calendar, and enjoy one of space’s coolest events! 

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