Solar eclipses are very cool phenomena. This is when the moon, in it's rotation around the Earth, passes in front of the sun, temporarily blocking the light from the sun. We've seen these in East Texas many times and can view them using many different methods. However, a total eclipse that will take place on April 8 of 2024 will pass directly over East Texas making us go dark for a short period of time.

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For those that love to look at the skies, April 8 of 2024 is going to be a very fun day. A total eclipse is happening with a path that will take it directly over a portion of East Texas. What does this mean? Well, we will go dark for a bit while the moon moves in front of the sun during it's orbit around the Earth.

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This particular eclipse is expected to stretch from Texas to Maine with Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland Buffalo and Syracuse being the major cities that will be under the "path of totality." The path of totality is where an area is directly in the path of the moon's blockage of the sun causing a few minutes of darkness. It can be a bit scary but is perfectly normal.

The eclipse is expected to start around 1:30 p.m. central time over us and end in Maine around 2:30 p.m. central time.

The last occurrence of a solar eclipse happened in 2017. Many of us in East Texas got our special glasses and spent some time outside looking up to see the partial eclipse. For this one in 2024, we won't need special glasses, we'll need to turn on a flashlight as we'll have 10 p.m. for a few minutes at 1:30 p.m.

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