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Total Solar Eclipse today

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The Great American Solar Eclipse will darken the skies on Monday, April 8, 2024, and cast a shadow of totality across parts of 15 United States of America.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.

Totality occurs only in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide.

Unfortunately, eclipse chasers in Australia won’t be able to see the sky darken. However, NASA will live-stream the event for those outside the US.

Here are a few things to know about today’s North American eclipse, including why one Canadian city has declared a state of emergency in the lead-up to the celestial event.

Total eclipses happen when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, casting a shadow on Earth.

This is called the path of totality.

The sky darkens as if it were dusk or dawn, and nocturnal animals are known to wake up, believing night has arrived.

There are several stages in a total solar eclipse

The eclipse will begin in Mexico at about 11:07 a.m. PDT, Monday, April 8 before crossing into Texas at 1:27 p.m. CDT. It will end in Maine at 3:35 p.m. EDT. Even if you’re not in the path of totality and won’t see the full eclipse, you may still see a percentage of it.


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