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2024-04-08T17:30:13+00:00
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  • Thousands excited to see the eclipse.
  • The US is reported to be ready for the phenomenon.

Today’s eclipse will be a spectacle in North America. It will last 310 minutes (just over 5 hours) and will be total in many parts of the continent.

From southwest to northeast, from Mazatlán, Mexico, through the United States and to the east coast of Canada .

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The spectacle, which promises to be magnificent, will quickly darken the skies, drop the temperature several degrees, and silence the birds.

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The total solar eclipse comes to an end

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3:41 p.m. Atlantic time (1:41 p.m. Mexico time): The eclipse ends and this great event will not be seen again in the USA until 2044.

The most recent total solar eclipse in Mexico occurred back in the 1990s and did not occur again until today April 8.

The total eclipse generated a mix of excitement and concern, especially due to beliefs associated with catastrophic events.

Thousands of people managed to appreciate this astronomical event.

Total solar eclipse in Mexico and the US

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2:21 p.m. Atlantic time (12:21 p.m. Mexico time): Total darkness ends and little by little the darkness disappears, giving way to the sun.

2:19 p.m. Atlantic time (12:19 p.m. Mexico time): The eclipse continues as well as darkness. At this point the sun is completely covered.

2:16 p.m. Atlantic time (12:16 p.m. Mexico time): Total darkness begins, the eclipse reaches its peak. This event will last approximately 4 minutes.

12:59 p.m. Atlantic time (10:59 a.m. Mexico time): The astronomical event most anticipated by many begins. Nerves and emotions grow.

Thousands of tourists come to see the eclipse

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Best places in the US to see the eclipse on April 8, 2024 / PHOTO: Shutterstock via MundoNOW Archive

Not surprisingly, these events attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.

In fact, in some regions, such as Niagara Falls, Canadian authorities have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of tourists coming to enjoy it.

The phenomenon will be visible as a partial eclipse in the rest of North America, in Central America, Iceland, the Azores, Madeira and the west of the United Kingdom, in addition to the Canary Islands and the northwest of the peninsula.

NASA will broadcast the phenomenon live from its website and launch three sonar rockets to study how the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which has an electrical charge, is affected.

Eclipse live: People didn’t care about the weather forecast

Millions of people flocked to a narrow area from Mexico to the United States and Canada to wait for Monday’s celestial sensation. A total eclipse of the sun, even though meteorologists predicted clouds.

The best weather to see the spectacle was expected in Vermont and Maine, as well as New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

It could be the most crowded eclipse ever in North America thanks to the density of population in the visibility zone and the appeal of more than four minutes of darkness in broad daylight in Texas and elsewhere.

Almost everyone in North America will enjoy at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

Uncertainty before the eclipse

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“Cloud cover is one of the hardest things to predict,” National Weather Service meteorologist Alexa Maines explained Sunday at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. “At least it won’t snow.”

The uncertainty added excitement to the event. Rain or shine, “it’s about sharing the experience with other people,” said Chris Lomas, of Gotham, England.

He was staying in a trailer park because there were no vacancies in Dallas, the largest city from which the total eclipse will be seen.

For today’s total eclipse, the Moon is scheduled to pass just in front of the Sun, blocking its light completely.

Darkness will last more than 4 minutes

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The resulting twilight, in which only the solar atmosphere, or corona, is visible, will last long enough for birds and other animals to remain silent, and to glimpse planets, stars, and perhaps even a comet.

That darkness will last up to four minutes and 28 seconds.

It is almost double that of the eclipse that was seen from one coast to the other of the United States seven years ago, because this time the Moon is closer to the Earth.

It will be 22 years before the country has another total solar eclipse of this scale.

The phenomenon will begin in Mazatlán

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The phenomenon, which lasts five hours from the moment the Moon begins to cover the Sun until the end, begins in the Pacific and will first be seen on land in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Before continuing on to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and 12 other states in the North Central and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, New England, and then Canada.

Your last stop will be Newfoundland, where the eclipse over the North Atlantic will end.

It will take just one hour and 40 minutes for the Moon’s shadow to travel more than 6,500 kilometers (4,000 miles) across the continent.

To see it you need to wear special glasses

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During an eclipse, eye protection, with appropriate filters and glasses, is necessary to look at the Sun, except when it is completely hidden from view.

The route in which it will be seen in its entirety – which measures about 185 km (115 miles) – includes several cities: Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York and Montreal.

An estimated 44 million people live in those areas, and a few hundred million more within 320 km (200 miles) of it.

Add to that all the eclipse chasers, amateur astronomers and the just curious, and it’s no wonder hotels and flights are sold out and roads are clogged.

Precautions for viewing an eclipse

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During an eclipse, you should never observe the Sun directly, neither with the naked eye nor with sunglasses (even partial).

This is because the Sun is never completely covered by the Moon and therefore looking at it without safe and adequate protection can damage the eyes.

Nor should you look at the Sun with devices (cameras, videos) or instruments (telescopes, binoculars) that are not prepared for this or do not have approved solar filters.

The Sun can be observed by seeing its image projected on some type of screen or with eclipse glasses, which are designed for this.

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