Southern Indiana Will Be the Best Place to See a Total Solar Eclipse in 2024
Remember back in 2017 when the tri-state lost its mind over a solar eclipse? Well, you may want to start planning now because that same level of lunacy and excitement is going to make a return in 2024 - and it's going to be even bigger!
The Great American Eclipse of 2017
Evansville was not in the path of totality on August 21, 2017, for what was nicknamed 'The Great American Eclipse,' meaning that our geographical location here in Evansville did not put us in a position to see the moon completely block the sun from the sky for a total eclipse. We were, however, on the fringes of the path of totality. Even so, there were plenty of us who were looking to the sky, with our protective glasses, of course, to watch the solar eclipse.
What Exactly Is A Total Solar Eclipse Anyway?
A total solar eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. NASA describes a solar eclipse like this,
When the Sun's light is blocked by the Moon, it is an eclipse of the Sun. It is also called a solar eclipse. This kind of eclipse happens when the Moon moves in just the right place between the Sun and Earth.
A solar eclipse happens during the daytime. The daylight grows dim. If you are in the right place on Earth, the Moon blocks almost all of the sunlight. The Moon's shadow falls on Earth. Daytime can look as dark as night during a solar eclipse.
A Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming 2024
If you're like me and the idea of seeing such a breathtaking celestial event has you giddy with excitement, you're not alone! The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau is already preparing for the next total eclipse taking place in 2024.
They've even launched a new Facebook page called Eclipseville, Indiana, and a new landing page on their tourism website, VisitEvansville.com. The city of Evansville will be in the path of totality with the full eclipse expected to last about 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
When Will It Happen and How Do I Watch It?
While it should go without saying, you should never, ever stare directly at the sun with the naked eye. Viewing a solar eclipse requires special solar glasses, filters, or viewers to protect your eyes. One thing is for sure though, Evansville will become Eclipseville for a brief period of time. The eclipse will begin on April 8, 2024, around 10:42 am central standard time, continuing until approximately 3:52 pm central standard time, and is expected to reach the point of totality at approximately 1:17 pm central standard time. The countdown is on!
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