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What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse is an incredible astronomical event where the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the sun’s light. This creates a breathtaking sight as the sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona, becomes visible around the moon’s silhouette.

The 2024 Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur over North America. It will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse in the United States since 1918. An estimated 31 million people will have the opportunity to witness this rare celestial phenomenon.

How to See the Eclipse

To see the total solar eclipse, you need to be in the path of totality, which is a narrow band of land where the moon’s shadow will completely cover the sun. You can find maps online that show the path of totality.

It’s important to take precautions when viewing a solar eclipse. Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, such as solar eclipse glasses or a certified solar filter.