Total Solar Eclipse in 2024 will be one of the greatest celestial events of the century. Here are all details on how, when and where to view the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
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Skywatchers from around the world are already excited about the total solar eclipse in 2024, because on April 8, 2024, North America will witness a heavenly experience like no other as the total solar eclipse. The biggest reason why the total solar eclipse became so important in 2024 is due to the fact that although there will be several total solar eclipses within the time period, it will be the first time since the Great 2017 American Eclipse on 8 April 2024 that a total eclipse through the United States.
What is a total solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks the entire sun disk of the sun in the air, resulting in the dimming and cooling of the atmosphere for minutes each time since the moon shadow travels over a certain area of the earth's surface. The moon revolves around 239,000 miles of earth, the same size in the sky as the sun, which on the other side is considerably larger than the moon and far away.
During a total solar eclipse it is said that the moon and the sun are aligned and this phenomenon happens about once every 18 months. On average, two to five solar eclipses are observed each year, but these eclipses do not always result in a total solar eclipse. For example, the solar eclipse on October 14, 2023 will be annular and the moon will block the solar disk from the center, leaving an outer ring of the solar disk visible during the solar eclipse.
How, when and where to view the total solar eclipse in 2024?
The total solar eclipse in 2024 is visible over a period of 4 minutes and 28 seconds and according to predictions from Espenak this will take place in the Mexican state of Durango. In Austin, Texas, the eclipse starts at 12:17 pm CDT, while the totality starts at 1:36 pm CDT. On the other hand, the totality of the solar eclipse ends at 13:38 CDT, while the entire eclipse ends at 14:58 CDT.
If you plan to view the total eclipse in 2024 on April 8, then it is recommended to buy a pair of sun glasses that have an extra protective shadow that helps observers to look directly at the sun, as well as after totality.