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Excitement Builds as North America Prepares for Total Solar Eclipse on April 8



Excitement is mounting among skywatchers as North America eagerly anticipates the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8. This astronomical phenomenon, where the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, is set to create a captivating spectacle in the skies over Mexico, the US, and Canada. As the path of totality stretches across these regions, individuals within this band will be treated to the rare sight of the Sun completely obscured by the Moon.

The total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, as it plunges the sky into darkness, resembling twilight during the middle of the day. Those outside the path of totality will witness a partial eclipse, with the degree of darkness varying depending on proximity to the central line. For observers in India, the eclipse will not be visible until late evening on April 8, continuing into the early hours of April 9.

According to NASA, the peak of the total solar eclipse will last an impressive 4 minutes and 27 seconds, double the duration of the Great American Eclipse in 2017. A live stream of the event will be available for those unable to witness it in person, starting at 5:00 pm GMT and concluding at 8:00 pm GMT on April 8.

Key locations along the path of totality include the Pacific coast of Mexico, where totality will first occur at 11:07 am PDT, and Maine, where the eclipse will conclude around 1:30 pm PDT. Throughout the approximately two and a half hour event, the Moon’s shadow will traverse the landscape, offering a unique viewing experience to those in its direct path.

To safely observe the total solar eclipse, skywatchers are advised to use certified eclipse glasses to protect their eyes from the Sun’s intense light. Failure to use proper eye protection can result in permanent eye damage, including blindness. In addition to NASA’s live stream, other platforms like will also broadcast the event for global audiences.

Rachel Adams

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