Total Solar Eclipse Is Almost Here: How and When to See It

The Great American Eclipse is almost here. On April 8, the last total solar eclipse over North America until 2044 will be visible for several minutes, so get your plans together now.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun and turning an otherwise sunny day to darkness for a short period of time. Depending on the angle at which you're viewing the eclipse, you may see the sun completely shrouded by the moon (called totality) or some variation of it. The more off-angle you are and the farther you are from the path of the eclipse, the less likely you'll be to see the totality.

The 2024 total solar eclipse will happen on Monday, April 8. It will reach the Mexican Pacific coast at 11:07 a.m. PT (2:07 p.m. ET), and then traverse the US in a northeasterly direction from Texas to Maine and on into easternmost Canada. If you want a good look at it, but don't live in the path of totality, you shouldn't wait much longer to book accommodation and travel to a spot on the path.

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