2024 Total Solar Eclipse
The April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse has the potential to be an amazing event. The total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the continental United States for the first time since August 21, 2017.
During a 2021 conference of the American Astronomical Society, Dr. Kate Russo, Author, Psychologist and Eclipse Chaser, compared the circumstances of the April 8, 2024 compared to the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:
|Circumstance||August 21, 2017||April 8, 2024|
|Population in the path||12 million||32 million|
|Longer duration||2 min 40.2 secs||4 minutes 28.1 secs|
|Wider path||71 miles||124 miles|
|Great awareness||39 years||4 years|
Path of Totality
The 2017 total solar eclipse was the first to touch the "Lower 48" since 1979 and the first to span the U.S. from coast to coast since 1918. The April 8, 2024 will cross Mexico, sweep northeast from Texas to Maine, and then darken the Canadian maritimes. A partial solar eclipse will again be visible to nearly everyone in North America fortunate to have cloud-free skies.
Southeast Missouri is fortunate to be within the path of totality as noted by this map provided courtesy of GreatAmericanEclipse.com