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 Great North American eclipse infographic
Graphic shows eclipse path and stages.
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SCIENCE

Great North American eclipse

By Jordi Bou

April 8, 2024 - On April 8, a total solar eclipse will dazzle millions of people in North America along a path crossing from Mexico into the United States and then Canada.

The eclipse will be entering over Mexico’s Pacific coast, dashing up through Texas and Oklahoma, and crisscrossing the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England, before exiting over Eastern Canada into the Atlantic.

The total solar eclipse will have a narrow path roughly 185 kilometres wide.

Within the U.S., more than 31 million people live inside the path of totality. Millions more reside within the path in Mexico and Canada, especially the more populated cities of Mazatlán, Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa.

The path of totality comes within 322km of major cities of the U.S.: Washington D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York; and Boston. Additionally, over half the nation’s population lives within 400km of the path of totality.

This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the provinces of Canada since 1979,the first in Mexico since 1991, and the first in the U.S. since 2017. It will also be the last total solar eclipse visible in the vontiguous United States until August 23, 2044.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, aligning perfectly and completely blocking the sunlight.

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PUBLISHED: 22/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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