1 month to go until the total solar eclipse 2024: Here's what you need to know

There is just one month to go until the total solar eclipse 2024 is visible across North America! 

Soon, the daytime sky will turn dark and the sun’s outer atmosphere will become visible. This surreal phenomenon will only be experienced by those who view the eclipse from within the path of totality — a 115-mile (185-kilometer) wide route through North America where the moon will cover 100% of the sun‘s disk. 

Those outside the path of totality will experience a partial solar eclipse which is still an impressive event, but as many eclipse chasers will stress … if you can get to the path of totality, do, but be sure not to settle for ‘99% totality‘ as it does not exist. 

The total solar eclipse on April 8 is shaping up to be quite the celebration and will be the most viewed solar eclipse in North America. Ever. With over 31 million people living within the path of totality in the U.S. alone.

You still have enough time to get yourself to the path of totality that stretches through Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. But if you’re unable to watch the eclipse in person You can watch the total solar eclipse live here on Space.com. And keep up with all the actions with our total solar eclipse 2024 live updates blog.

Where to see the solar eclipse 

We have written various guides on the best places to view the total solar eclipse whether you’re based in the U.S, Mexico or Canada:

  • The best places in the US to experience totality during the April 2024 solar eclipse
  • The best places in Mexico to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024  
  • The best places in Canada to see the 2024 total solar eclipse 
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Notable locations for the total solar eclipse
Location Totality (local time) Totality duration
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico 11:07 a.m. MST 4 minutes 20 seconds
Durango, Durango, Mexico 12:12 p.m. CST 3 minutes 50 seconds
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico 12:16 p.m. CST 4 minutes 11 seconds
Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico/Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S 1:27 p.m. CDT 4 minutes 24 seconds
Kerrville, Texas, U.S 1:32 p.m. CDT 4 minutes 25 seconds
Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S 1:32 p.m CDT 4 minutes 25 seconds
Dallas, Texas, U.S 1:40 p.m. CDT 3 minutes 52 seconds
Idabel, Oklahoma U.S: 1:45 p.m CDT 4 minutes 19 seconds
Russellville, Arkansas, U.S 1:49 p.m. CDT 4 minutes 12 seconds
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S 1:58 p.m. CDT 4 minutes 7 seconds
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S 1:59 p.m. CDT 4 minutes 10 seconds
Bloomington, Indiana, U.S 3:04 p.m. EDT 4 minutes 3 seconds
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S 3:06 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 51 seconds
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S 3:13 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 50 seconds
Erie, Pennsylvania U.S: 3:16 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 43 seconds
Rochester, New York, U.S 3:20 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 40 seconds
Montpelier, Vermont, U.S 3:27 p.m. EDT 1 minutes 42 seconds
Oakfield, Maine, U.S 3:31 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 23 seconds
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada 3:18 p.m. EDT 3 minutes 31 seconds
Montreal, Quebec, Canada 3:26 p.m. EDT 1 minute 57 seconds
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada 4:34 p.m. ADT 3 minutes 8 seconds
Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada 4:35 p.m. ADT 3 minutes 12 seconds
Catalina, Newfoundland, Canada 5:13 p.m. NDT 2 minutes 53 seconds

And if you’re planning an eclipse excursion, we have some top tips to help you plan your trip and also helpful advice on how to avoid traffic on eclipse day. 

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How to see the solar eclipse  

To safely view the solar eclipse, you must use appropriate protection.

Everyone observing the partial phases of this eclipse — and for those outside the path of totality, that’s the entire event — will need to wear solar eclipse glasses while cameras, telescopes and binoculars will need solar filters placed in front of their lenses. 

Only those in the path of totality will be able to remove them briefly to see the sun’s corona with their naked eyes. Those not in the path of totality must keep them on the entire time. 

Our how to observe the sun safely guide tells you everything you need to know about safe solar observations.

Source: Space.com

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