Total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024

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During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely obscures the sun for parts of the Earth. Careful calculations help researchers and the public determine where to go to see the total blackout. (Image credit: Miloslav Druckmüller, Peter Aniol, Martin Dietzel, Vojtech Rusin via NASA)

On April 8, 2024, the United States will be treated to a rare celestial performance: a total solar eclipse, where sky-watchers within a path 115 miles (185 kilometers) wide and 10,000 miles (16,000 km) long will witness one of the most spectacular eclipses for decades.

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