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On April 8, 2024, plants, animals and humans across North America will encounter a celestial experience like no other: a total solar eclipse.
Earth will experience several total solar eclipses from 2019 to 2021, but the April 2024 event will be the first to pass through the United States since the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse.
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The 2024 total solar eclipse will take a grand journey across North America, beginning on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, traveling up through the U.S. from Texas to Maine, and ultimately reaching the Atlantic Coast of Canada.
The sight of the ethereal solar corona, the 360-degree sunset and the collective awe expected across the continent are just some of the reasons scientists and skywatchers are looking forward to the 2024 total solar eclipse. Here is Space.com's complete guide to the epic event.
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A view of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse over Ross Lake in Washington's North Cascades National Park.
REMEMBER: It is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye only during totality, when the sun's disk is completely covered by the moon. Otherwise, skywatchers should NEVERlook at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Serious eye damage — like an eclipse imprint burning into the retina— and blindness can occur as a result of looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon. See our complete guide from 2017 to find out how to view the eclipse safely.
What is a total solar eclipse?
Total solar eclipses are amazing, especially considering how peculiar they are. They're quite a chance occurrence in cosmic geometry: The moon orbits about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth, and that's just the right distance to appear the same size in the...
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