ENLARGE the above animation to FULL SCREEN!
Over 150 points are animated on this one map!
All 50 states will see a solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 (although I left Alaska and Hawaii out of the picture above).
The path of totality is wider in 2024 compared to 2017, which is good news for us because totality is over 4 minutes in duration in 2024. It was only two and a half minutes back in 2017. The greatest totality is in Mexico, but Texas is close to that point.
I have completed all fifteen states experiencing totality. You can find them in the menu above under 2024 USA TOTAL ECLIPSE BY STATE. States experiencing a partial eclipse of the Sun can be found with the states starting with the letters (A – M) and states starting with the letters (N – Z).
For this particular eclipse, the path of totality begins and ends mainly in the western hemisphere on April 8, 2024. The first graphic above shows why you have shading on the surface of the Earth (as you can see on this global map). The ground is darkest at the path of totality because the Moon completely blocks the sunlight. As you move away from the path of totality, the Moon is blocking less and less of the sunlight on the ground.
Notice how much darker Arkansas appears compared to Florida, for example. Again, sunlight is blocked totally in the central part of Arkansas by the Moon, whereas, in Florida, the Moon covers only about two-thirds of the Sun. If you were in Florida on that day, you would see very little difference between full daylight and when the Sun is partially obscured by the Moon at maximum eclipse.
I am doing these maps to hopefully make it easier to understand what is going on when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, as seen from various locations on Earth; especially, the United States. Lines are fine, but animation makes it so much easier to grasp!
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