On April 24, you won’t want to miss the total solar eclipse over the United States. This is truly a golden opportunity for those who are always excited to watch and study eclipses.
The path of totality is where you could see the total solar eclipse. The road is about 115 miles wide. The event, like all major celestial events, will attract many travelers.
The last major celestial event of this type took place in August 2017 with the American eclipse. The 2024 solar eclipse will be the last major celestial event of a total solar eclipse. After this event, the next such incident will occur after decades, on August 23, 2044.
Therefore, it is important to make plans for such an event in advance.
The total solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024, which actually falls on Monday. It will occur at the ascending node of the Moon. It is called the Great North American Eclipse or the Great American Total Solar Eclipse and will be visible across North America.
When does a total solar eclipse occur?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. This scenario obscures the image of the Sun from Earth. Talking about a total solar eclipse, it occurs when the apparent diameter of the Moon is greater than the apparent diameter of the Sun. This blocks all direct sunlight which turns day into darkness. Totality occurs simply in a narrow path across the Earth’s surface. The partial solar eclipse, however, can be seen in a surrounding region that can be thousands of kilometers wide.
The total solar eclipse in 2024
This total solar eclipse will occur just one day after perigee. At this time, the moon’s apparent diameter will be 5.5% larger than average. The magnitude will be 1.0566. The longest duration of the total will be 4 minutes and 28.13 seconds around Nazas, Durango, Mexico and the surrounding city of Torreón, Coahuila.
This eclipse is special and will be the first total solar eclipse that can be seen from Canada after it was last possible in 1979, on February 26. In Mexico, the last celestial incident of this type took place on July 11, 1991. The last time such a large celestial event took place in the United States was in 2017 on August 21. The one in 2024 will be the only total solar eclipse in the 21st century that can be seen in Mexico, Canada. and the United States. Another important fact to consider is that this 2024 solar eclipse will be the last solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental United States in decades. The next total solar eclipse in the continental United States will occur in the year 2045.
Speaking of solar eclipses, the next solar eclipse will take place in 2024 on October 2.
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