2024 Total Solar Eclipse

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On Monday April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse occurred across North America, passing over Mexico, United States, and Canada. “A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk”, NASA website.

Credit: NASA Website

Some people celebrated this event as the Super Bowl, whereas others traveled to the total eclipse’s path from across the country, such as Daniel Crawford from Austin, MN, who claimed to have traveled to Texas to get the once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

To experience it from a remote location, I watched NASA’s live stream, and captured the following screenshots:

In certain locations, the duration of the total eclipse lasted longer than 4 minutes when the sky turned dark, like in Tupper Lake, New York.

The NASA websites lists the following facts about the total solar eclipse:

Key Facts

  • “After the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, the next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous United States will be on Aug. 23, 2044.
  • “We can’t normally see the corona – the Sun’s outer atmosphere – because the Sun’s surface below it is so much brighter. But during a total solar eclipse, the corona becomes visible, offering unique opportunities to study it.
  • “When the Moon completely blocks the visible surface of the Sun during a total solar eclipse, viewer can remove their eclipse glasses. A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where eclipse glasses can be momentarily removed.
  • “When solar eclipse reaches totality nocturnal wildlife sometime wake up, thinking that it’s nighttime, and non-nocturnal wildlife might think it’s time to head to sleep.

According to NASA, “the event will be visible to millions — including 32 million people in the US alone — who live along the route the moon’s shadow will travel during the eclipse, known as the path of totality. For those in the areas experiencing totality, the moon will appear to completely cover the sun. Those along the very center line of the path will see an eclipse that lasts between 3½ and 4 minutes.”

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