Do you remember the total solar eclipse of 2017?
People were given cardboard sunglasses, the excitement was real and everyone was hoping to see the moon completely cover the sun – something that looked like a Hollywood event.
Personally, I remember being a little disappointed. At the time, there was so much buzz around the concept, but I didn’t really know the science behind it. I thought everyone would see the “total solar eclipse” because in its entirety the sun would be covered for everyone, everywhere.
It wasn’t quite the case. In 2017, the majority of New England states were within 60-70% coverage, as only close locations on the “path to totality” could see 100% coverage.
Well, on April 8, 2024, we New Englanders will have another chance to see this incredible celestial event with near 100% coverage.
On this day, two years from now, the moon’s shadow will be about 115 miles wide, according to Fox35 article. “Astronomers have said the best place to see the eclipse is in the path of totality, where the sun is 100% obscured by the moon – and in areas with the most favorable weather forecasts,” according to Fox35.
This is a map of the path the total solar eclipse will take in 2024. We’re officially at the two-year mark (and countdown). As you can see, the path begins in the United States in Texas and continues to the vacation land in Maine.
This is huge for all New Englanders. Obviously, the best places to view the eclipse will be in northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and central/northern Maine. BUT – the closer you are to the path of totality, the more eclipse you will see.
So, those in Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire, no need to drive four hours north. Locations outside of the path of totality can still see the eclipse. Instead of being 100% covered, it can be 95%.
Mark it on your calendar. Two more years!