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Quick Facts - The Great North American Total Solar Eclipse of April 8th 2024

Solar Eclipse Paths Across the USA in 2023 and 2024

 

The 2024 Great North American Solar Eclipse will be the most viewed eclipse in human history. There will be huge media attention; Weather on April 8th is predicted to be generally fair (although clouds can occur anywhere); There are large populations in cities located on and near the eclipse path; There is ease of access to observe the total eclipse due to the extensive highway system in USA; Everyone in the continental USA will see at least a partial eclipse. In all cases, safe solar viewing must be observed in the sun’s partial phases.

The eclipse path crosses 15 states across some of the most densely populated areas of the USA. Those states include Texas; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Missouri; Tennessee; Kentucky; Illinois; Indiana; Ohio; Michigan; Pennsylvania; New York; Vermont; New Hampshire; Maine.

Crossroads of the Eclipses

Want to see both eclipses from the same place? Then join us for the Crossroads of the Eclipses Expeditions in 2023 and 2024 in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas, just west of historic San Antonio. *Watch this page for more information to sign up. 

The next total solar eclipse in the USA will not occur for another 20 years on August 23, 2044.

The duration of totality is longer than the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse due to the eccentric orbit of the moon which will block out the sun for over 4 minutes as the eclipse path enters Texas.

2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun by Carlos Hernandez

The 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun by Carlos Hernandez

You want to be in the path of totality. Seeing a solar eclipse with 99% coverage does not begin to describe the incredible, life-changing experience and beauty      of a 100% total eclipse.

An essential way to see the partial phases of a solar eclipse is with ISO-rated and officially tested eclipse glasses. In 2017 the US market was flooded with counterfeit glasses that did not meet safety standards, make sure that what you are buying is authentic and safe.

Updated: June 10th, 2022

 

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Comments

Scott Roberts - June 25, 2022

Hello Don,

I put this subject under the heading of NOT RECOMMENDED.

There are no filters that can image the corona of the sun. In order to get the corona without an eclipse, you have to use a coronagraph that utilizes a metal occulting disk at or near the focus position, which acts like a fake Moon to block out the Sun’s photosphere. I have heard, but not seen amateurs attempting this. But note that this is very dangerous with homemade equipment (both to your equipment, and your eyes if you are trying to observe it).

My best recommendation is to wait for the total eclipse to glimpse the strange beauty of the corona. Follow all the safety advice and protect your eyes.

Sincerely,

Scott

Don Mason - June 25, 2022

The picture of the sun’s corona at the top of the page is excellent. What is the best filter to see the corona without an eclipse. Yes, I mean the corona, I already have a Ha and white light viewing for the chromosphere and photosphere. I mean the corona.
Thanks,
Don

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