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The Great North American Solar Eclipse

The countdown clock is two years from now until April 8, 2024, when the Great North American Solar Eclipse begins, large parts of North America will fall in the full shadow of the moon.

The event takes place only when the moon’s orbit is close to the earth and the celestial body blocks the view of the sun and casts a shadow on the earth’s surface.

Solar eclipses happen about twice a year, but it’s rare to find yourself among the entirety of one.

So says the American Astronomical Society that a certain spot on the planet only sees a temporary darkness from the moon’s shadow once every 400 years.

The 2024 event will take place in the afternoon as the eclipse will sweep across Mexico, Texas and 14 other states before exiting Canada.

Cities along the trail are already planning events and large watch parties to herald the Great North American Solar Eclipse, which will last only minutes at a given location.

Against all odds, a limited portion of the US, made up of southeastern Missouri, western Kentucky, and southern Illinois, is expected to experience its second total solar eclipse in less than a decade.

Great North American Solar Eclipse

The position of the sun, moon and earth during a total solar eclipse.
The position of the sun, moon and earth during a total solar eclipse.
NASA

A similar solar eclipse in 2017 swept across the country from coast to coast, drawing the attention of millions who stared at the sun with protective eye coverings.

If you miss the event in 2024, the next total solar eclipse visible from the US will not be until August 12, 2045.

Believe it or not, one day total solar eclipses will be a thing of the past.

So says the American Astronomical Society The Moon is slowly moving away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches per year.

Society estimates that in about a billion years, the moon will lose its unique ability to completely shield the sun.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/08/two-years-from-today-the-great-north-american-solar-eclipse/ The Great North American Solar Eclipse

DUSTIN JONES

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