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Mark your calendars—the universe is putting on a show like no other—a total solar eclipse! Grab your telescopes and let's embark on an astronomical adventure!

In this series of fun blog posts, we'll dive into the mesmerizing world of eclipses, uncover interesting facts, and equip you with all the knowledge you need to make the most of this cosmic showdown.

April 8, 2024 - Total Solar Eclipse

This eclipse will trace a path of totality from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. Locations along this path will witness a complete solar blackout, offering a front-row seat to this celestial extravaganza. 

The total solar eclipse will last no more than five minutes, but a partial solar eclipse will be visible before and after the total eclipse, as the moon makes its way across the sky, making the total lapse of the eclipse roughly two and a half hours, depending on where you are viewing. 

Eclipse viewers who are outside the outer limits of totality will still be able to see a partial eclipse.

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Examining some of the captivating history, culture, and myths surrounding the awe-inspiring phenomenon of solar eclipses, transcending the scientific lens to reveal the rich tapestry woven by these celestial events throughout human civilizations, to present day.
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What is the science driving this mesmerizing celestial ballet?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts its shadow on the Earth as it passes between the Earth and the Sun—a celestial alignment where the moon, Earth, and Sun align in perfect harmony.

The April 8, 2024, eclipse will be a total solar eclipse which occurs when the moon appears to totally obscure the Sun. It will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044. 

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On April 8, 2024 a total solar eclipse will cast its ephemeral shadow in a 124-mile wide band across Ohio, from 3:08 pm to 3:19 pm EDT. The Moon's shadow will accelerate from about 1995 mph to roughly 2290 mph. 
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As we gear up for the solar eclipse, it's crucial to prioritize safety during this awe-inspiring event. With these optical safety tips, you can enjoy the magic of the cosmos without compromising the well-being of your eyes:

Eclipse Glasses:

  • Invest in certified solar viewing glasses to directly observe the eclipse.
  • Look for the ISO certification label on the glasses to confirm that the glasses are safe for solar viewing. You need to know that they meet the ISO 12312-2 (sometimes written as ISO 12312-2:2015) international safety standard.Check the glasses for any scratches, defects or signs of damage
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Mark your calendars for April 8, 2024, and get ready to be spellbound by the cosmic dance of the sun and the moon. Whether you're a seasoned astronomer or a casual sky-watcher, the total solar eclipse offers a rare opportunity to witness the wonders of the universe.
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