The 2024 Great North American Eclipse Will Be Better Than the 2017 Event

April 13, 2020

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Thanks to COVID-19, you may find yourself with some free time, you may want to book your stay in San Antonio, Dallas, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse.  These are some of the U.S. cities that are in the path of The Great North American Eclipse, set to occur on April 8, 2024. And this eclipse will "eclipse" the one from 2017.  For the 2017 eclipse, the duration of totality lasted between 20 seconds (over Kansas City, Kansas) to a maximum of two minutes and 40 seconds (over Carbondale, Illinois). The 2024 eclipse by comparison will average just under 4 minutes (4 minutes 27 seconds in Texas) along the path of totality. Extremely lucky sites such as Carbondale, Illinois, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Paducah, Kentucky, which enjoyed front-row seats to the 2017 eclipse will also have a great view of the April 2024 one, thus enjoying two total solar eclipses in only seven years. You can prepare now with some great online resources from NASA's eclipse website and GreatAmericanEclipse.com. The biggest unknown is the weather.  While the 2017 eclipse occurred in August, one of the bet weather months of the year, the 2024 event is in April where weather is a bit less predictable. After the 2024 event, the next closest rounds of total solar eclipses over the U.S. will occur on March 30, 2033; Aug. 23, 2044; Aug. 12, 2045 and March 30, 2052.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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