The World is a magical place, and while most of us feel as though we have to scour the Globe in order to experience a natural phenomenon – what if you didn’t?
If you really look, you’ll realize the U.S. actually has a lot of incredible places to see. From the Northern Lights to incredible wildlife, it’s all in your backyard so you won’t have to travel too far.
This year, Americans are in luck! Mark your calendars, because on April 8th, 2024 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
What is A Total Eclipse?
To keep it short, a Total Eclipse is when the moon completely covers the face of the sun. This incredible sight happens every 18 or so months somewhere around the world and is visible along a narrow path of totality.
Of course if your state is included in the list it’s still possible to see a partial eclipse, but if you want to see this happen in full force, then we’ve got you covered with a list of places where the Total Eclipse is visible this year.
Total Eclipse Phases
- Partial Eclipse begins
- Total Eclipse begins
- Totality and Maximum Eclipse
- Total Eclipse ends
- Partial Eclipse ends
Where will this Total Eclipse be visible?
- Texas → Dallas, Maximum totality: 1:42 PM CDT
- Oklahoma → Idabel, 1:47 PM CDT
- Arkansas → Little Rock, 1:52 PM CDT
- Missouri → Poplar Bluff, 1:56 PM CDT
- Kentucky → Paducah, 2:01 PM CDT
- Illinois → Carbondale, 2:01 PM CDT
- Indiana → Evansville, 2:04 PM CDT
- Ohio → Cleveland, 3:15 PM EDT
- Pennsylvania → Erie, 3:18 PM EDT
- New York → Buffalo, 3:20 PM EDT
- Vermont → Burlington, 3:27 PM EDT
- New Hampshire → Lancaster, 3:29 PM EDT
- Maine → Caribou,3:33 PM EDT
In addition to these destinations above, small areas of Tennessee and Michigan will also be able to view the total solar eclipse. Use this resource to view the exact timings.
What to Know
We all have that natural tendency to run outside quickly when anything remotely exciting is happening.. While this is definitely a unique event to experience, it’s also important to note some safety concerns and learn how to best protect yourself before viewing the Eclipse.
Always always put your safety first over anything else!
- Always protect your eyes → At this stage, we should all know never to look directly at the sun. When watching a Total Eclipse, you should wear protective eclipse glasses or go with the pinhole projector method.
- It is possible to look at the Total Eclipse with your naked eye, through a camera, telescope, or binoculars, ONLY when it reaches totality (when the moon blocks the entire sun). Be sure to look up how long totality lasts in your area.
- With any natural phenomena, you can expect to see some pretty unique sites with this Total Eclipse. While some of these are only visible during complete Total Eclipses, you can expect to see them in this order below:
– Shadow Bands – A minute before totality
– Diamond Ring – 10-15 seconds before and after totality
– The Sun’s Corona – When the outermost part of the Sun's atmosphere becomes visible
– Baily’s Beads – 5 seconds before totality
– The Sun’s Chromosphere – A few seconds right after totality
If you’re not in one of the locations that will see the Total Eclipse this year, don’t fret! It’s still possible to see a Partial Eclipse – so be sure to get outside, get your glasses ready, and prepare to see one of nature’s miracles!
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