One of the most anticipated celestial events of the year — a total solar eclipse — is scheduled to put on a dramatic show on April 8, as it crosses over Mexico, the United States and Canada.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking the face of the Sun and causing the golden orb to temporarily disappear from view. This phenomenon has inspired myths and folklore for thousands of years.
The event will be visible to millions – incl 32 million people in the United States alone – Who live along the path the moon's shadow will travel during the eclipse, known as the path of totality. For skygazers in areas witnessing a total eclipse, the moon's shadow will completely cover the sun. People along the middle line of the path will see an eclipse that lasts between 3.5 and 4 minutes, according to the Verge website. NASA.
However, the total duration of all phases of the eclipse lasts hours. Since the moon does not suddenly appear between the Earth and the sun, the event begins with a partial eclipse. The Moon's shadow will move slowly across the face of the Sun as it approaches totality, making the Sun appear like a sharp crescent. Depending on your location, the partial eclipse can last between 70 and 80 minutes, according to NASA.
The eclipse will appear for the first time over the South Pacific Ocean, then begin its journey across North America. The Pacific coast of Mexico is the first point of totality on the path, expected at 11:07 AM PT (2:07 PM ET) and the eclipse is expected to end on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland at 5:16 PM local time ( 3:16 PM local time). 46 p.m. ET).
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