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The next solar eclipse in the United States will be on April 8th, 2024. To safely view an eclipse it is important to note that observer needs to take certain precautions to safeguard his/her eye health from the harmful rays emitted by the sun during the eclipse. Exposing your unprotected eyes to the sun during a solar eclipse can cause solar retinopathy (retinal burns); also known as "eclipse blindness". This exposure can temporarily or permanently damage or destroy cells in the retina. The damage can take up to a few days to be fully expressed with symptoms including loss of central vision, altered color and blurry or distorted vision.
The only time that you can potentially risk looking directly at a solar eclipse is during the totality of it when the moon completely covers the sun. , However since it is difficult to estimate its duration or detect the moon's breach of totality this can also be the most dangerous time. After all the moon only covers the sun for a short period of time and if you are still observing it as the moon moves away it could cause retinal burns and damage to your eyes. Take the following measures to safely and properly view the eclipse:
Generally speaking, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun and its shadow is cast down on earth. A total eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun while a partial eclipse occurs when it partially covers it.
To view a solar eclipse a person needs to be located directly in with the moon and the sun.
According to CNN the total eclipse will be visible in Mexico, the central US and east Canada, with a partial eclipse visible across North and Central America. The 2024 eclipse will have peaks of 4.5 minutes. In the United States, it will be visible in a diagonal
path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA. The following cities will be in the path of the 2024 Totality of the eclipse: Austin, Texas; Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis; Toledo, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; Montpelier, Vermont; and Montreal.
Barring any potential cloud cover, anyone in this path will be able to see the awe inspiring view of a total eclipse of the sun. A partial eclipse of the sun will be visible to all those who are outside of this path.
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