What is an Eclipse?

    A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun and the Moon blocks the Sun for a viewer on Earth. During a total eclipse, the Moon lines up perfectly to fully obscure the Sun, resulting in "totality"; in a partial eclipse, the Moon and the Sun are not perfectly aligned and only part of the Sun is blocked; and during an annular eclipse, alignment is perfect but the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely obscure the Sun. The fact that a total solar eclipse is visible from Earth only along a very narrow path for just a few short minutes makes totality one of nature's rarest events.

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    What to Expect

    Most people who have seen a total eclipse have described it as the most spectacular natural event they have ever witnessed. It starts as the Moon slowly obscures more and more of the Sun. When just a small sliver of light remains, you might see "Baily's beads" through your eclipse glasses, caused by the last rays of sunlight streaming through the lunar valleys. Next: the beads dissolve into one final "diamond" in the sky. And then "totality," as the soft wisps of the solar corona surround a huge hole where the Sun used to be. You might notice a temperature drop and birds flying home to their nests. You're standing in a strange twilight, while a "sunset" glows all around you. Finally, totality comes to an end as the events occur in reverse order. (Photo by Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be)

    Eclipse Safety

    Since looking directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage or even blindness, special eclipse safety glasses or viewers must always be used (sunglasses are not safe). The small amount of light emitted during even a 99.9 percent solar eclipse is still dangerous. The only time it's safe to look at a total eclipse without proper eye protection is during the brief period of "totality" when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you're not located in the path of totality, there is never a time when it's safe to look with unprotected eyes. Attempting to view an eclipse using binoculars, telescopes, cameras, or other devices that don't have their own special front-mounted solar filters is extremely hazardous. (See our Safety page for more information.)

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    One of the most important factors to consider, both when planning an eclipse trip and in the days leading up to an eclipse, is the weather. A few stray clouds at the wrong moment can ruin years of planning! During the 2017 eclipse, much of the western U.S. enjoyed clear skies while clouds spoiled the view in some parts of the central and eastern U.S. Some long-term forecasts were accurate while others missed the mark. As many people discovered, climate is not the same as weather and clouds can appear at any time, especially in higher elevations, so eclipse chasers need to remain mobile on eclipse day and be ready to move quickly to another location if clouds move in. In 2017, many people found clear skies just a short drive away from their original clouded-out locations.

    Other U.S. Eclipses

    After only a seven-year wait, the next total solar eclipse in America will occur in 2024, when the path of totality will travel up through the country from Texas to Maine. The 2017 coast-to-coast U.S.-only eclipse crossed the nation from Oregon to South Carolina and was the first seen from the United States since 1991, when a total eclipse was visible in Hawaii, and the first witnessed in the contiguous U.S. since 1979, when the path of totality traveled only through five northwestern states. Alaska will get a total solar eclipse in 2033 and totality will be seen in Montana and North Dakota in 2044. Another coast-to-coast eclipse will come to America in 2045, entering in California and exiting in Florida. In 2052, a total solar eclipse will skim parts of six southern states.

    Eclipse Maps

    The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024. The path of totality will cross over 13 states, entering in Texas and exiting in Maine. The map below shows the path of totality over Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. To experience the total phase of the eclipse, you must be located within the narrow path of totality represented on the map below. Areas outside the path of totality will get a partial solar eclipse only.

    VIEW DETAILED MAPS OF THE PATH OF TOTALITY IN EACH STATE

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    Total Eclipse Cities

    To experience the total phase of the 2024 eclipse, you must be located within the narrow path of totality. The following is a list of major U.S. cities that are located within the path of totality on April 8, 2024.

    Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of totality. All times and durations shown on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only. To determine the precise start time, end time, and duration of totality for your exact location on eclipse day, use NASA's interactive Google eclipse map.

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    City, State Start of Totality (local time) Duration of Totality (min:sec)
    San Antonio, TX*1:32:51 PM CDT2:11
    Austin, TX1:36:01 PM CDT1:49
    Fort Worth, TX1:40:24 PM CDT2:27
    Dallas, TX1:40:37 PM CDT3:50
    Poteau, OK**1:48:48 PM CDT1:11
    Conway, AR1:50:59 PM CDT3:54
    Little Rock, AR1:51:28 PM CDT2:31
    Jonesboro, AR1:55:28 PM CDT2:28
    Cape Girardeau, MO1:58:15 PM CDT4:06
    Carbondale, IL1:59:10 PM CDT4:08
    Evansville, IN2:02:29 PM CDT3:05
    Henderson, KY2:02:34 PM CDT2:34
    Terre Haute, IN3:04:18 PM EDT2:53
    Bloomington, IN3:04:45 PM EDT4:02
    Indianapolis, IN3:05:58 PM EDT3:49
    Muncie, IN3:07:29 PM EDT3:46
    Dayton, OH3:09:21 PM EDT2:45
    Toledo, OH3:12:13 PM EDT1:47
    Cleveland, OH3:13:39 PM EDT3:49
    Akron, OH3:14:06 PM EDT2:50
    Erie, PA3:16:16 PM EDT3:42
    Buffalo, NY3:18:14 PM EDT3:45
    Rochester, NY3:20:02 PM EDT3:39
    Syracuse, NY3:22:56 PM EDT1:29
    Burlington, VT3:26:01 PM EDT3:16
    Montpelier, VT3:27:31 PM EDT1:39
    Lancaster, NH**3:29:07 PM EDT0:50
    Presque Isle, ME**3:32:03 PM EDT2:48

    Eclipse data courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, from eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Note that times and durations can vary widely even within the same city and some cities are located only partially within the path of totality. All times and durations shown on this page are only representative samples and should be used for general comparison purposes only. To determine the precise start time, end time, and duration of totality for your exact location on eclipse day, use NASA's interactive Google eclipse map.

    * Large parts of San Antonio, TX, are outside the path of totality
    ** Since the path of totality doesn't cross any major cities in Oklahoma, New Hampshire, and Maine, the three cities with the largest populations are listed: Poteau, OK, Lancaster, NH, and Presque Isle, ME


    SEE A STATE-BY-STATE LIST OF MORE TOTAL ECLIPSE CITIES

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