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Best Places to View The Eclipse

Greetings, eclipse chasers and stargazing enthusiasts!

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will darken skies from Texas to Maine, traversing through parts of Mexico, the US, and Canada.The sky will darken and take on a dusk-like quality, and the usually concealed Sun’s corona will be revealed. Almost 95% of the Sun will be shadowed, leaving only a thin, fiery ring visible to onlookers.

shilouette of a woman looking through a telescope

U.S. Path of Totality

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.

Transparentskies's 2024 Degree of Eclipse Animation:

Map Credit: Transparent Skies
This animation shows the path of totality. You must be between the 2 grey lines to se the total phase of the Eclipse—where the moon completely blocks the sun. The further you travel from that path, the less obstruction of the sun you will see. SOME level of eclipse is observable across the entire U.S. and this animation predicts how much of the sun will be blocked in other regions.

Plan your optimal viewing location for this celestial extravaganza.

Here's are some of great places along the path of totality  to witness the magic unfold:

Your Own Backyard:

  • Set up your viewing area in a location with an unobstructed view of the sky, and enjoy the show.
  • Remember, even if you can't travel to the eclipse's path of totality, a partial eclipse can still be a mesmerizing spectacle.

Ohio – The Buckeye State:

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula:

  • Head to the Yucatan for a front-row seat to the total solar eclipse.
  • Choose a spot along the coast or explore the ancient Mayan ruins for a historical backdrop to the cosmic spectacle.

The Lone Star State – Texas, USA:

  • Texas will experience a generous helping of the eclipse, with maximum totality visible in certain regions.
  • Consider locations like San Antonio or Austin for a perfect blend of urban amenities and celestial wonders.

Arkansas – The Natural State:

  • The Natural State promises a stunning view of the total solar eclipse.
  • Explore state parks or find a quiet spot along the Ozark Mountains for an immersive experience.

Missouri – Gateway to the Eclipse:

  • St. Louis is the gateway to totality in Missouri, offering a blend of urban comforts and a prime view of the eclipse.
  • Venture into the rural areas for a more secluded and immersive experience.

The Heart of America – Illinois:

  • Southern Illinois boasts one of the longest durations of totality, making it a hotspot for eclipse enthusiasts.
  • Places like Carbondale have gained fame for their strategic location in the eclipse's path.

Kentucky – Bluegrass Eclipse Viewing:

  • Kentucky offers a picturesque setting for witnessing the solar spectacle.
  • Find a spot near Bowling Green or Hopkinsville for an extended view of the total eclipse.

    The Canadian Maritimes:

    • Parts of the Canadian Maritimes, including Newfoundland and Labrador, will witness a partial eclipse.
    • Embrace the northern charm and coastal beauty while observing the celestial event.

    Plan A Cruise:

    • Consider a cruise in the Caribbean to witness the eclipse from the open sea.
    • Some cruise companies offer special eclipse-themed voyages for an unforgettable celestial experience.

      As you embark on your eclipse adventure, ensure you check local regulations, weather conditions, and safety guidelines. Whether you choose a bustling urban setting, a serene natural landscape, or the open sea, the April 8 solar eclipse promises to be a celestial experience of a lifetime.

      Happy eclipse chasing!

      NASA's 2024 Solar Eclipse Map:

      Map Credit: Michala Garrison and the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS), in collaboration with the NASA Heliophysics Activation Team (NASA HEAT), part of NASA’s Science Activation portfolio; eclipse calculations by Ernie Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Music Credit: “Cascades” by Air Jared [ASCAP], Sebastian Barnaby Robertson [BMI] via Universal Production Music

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