2024 Solar Eclipse

Have no fear, if you do not see the eclipse this year, just wait a few more years! Butler County will be nearly COMPLETLY covered in a total solar eclipse! 2024 Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, visible across North America. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. With a magnitude of 1.0566, its longest duration of totality will be of four minutes and twenty-eight seconds near the town of Nazas, Durango, Mexico, and the nearby city of Torreón, Coahuila.

A future total solar eclipse will cross the United States in August 2045 (10 states) and an annular solar eclipse will occur in June 2048 (9 states).

Totality will be visible in a narrow strip in North America, beginning at the Pacific coast, then crossing northern Mexico through the states of Sinaloa (including Mazatlán), Durango (including Durango and Gómez Palacio) and Coahuila (including Torreón, Matamoros, Monclova, Sabinas, Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras).

In the United States, totality will be visible through the states of Texas (including San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth), Arkansas (including Little Rock), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana (including Indianapolis), a very small area of Michigan, Ohio (including Toledo and Cleveland), Pennsylvania (including Erie), New York (including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Adirondacks, and Plattsburgh), and northern Vermont (including Burlington), New Hampshire, and Maine with the line of totality going almost directly over the state’s highest point Mount Katahdin. It will be the 2nd total eclipse visible from the central United States in just 7 years, coming after the August 21, 2017 eclipse.

 

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