Updates on the 2024 Solar Eclipse

The eclipse today will be a spectacle in North America, lasting 310 minutes (just over 5 hours) and will be total in many parts of the continent. From southwest to northeast, from Mazatlán, Mexico, to the east coast of Canada through the United States. The show promises to be magnificent, quickly darkening the skies, lowering the temperature by several degrees, and silencing the birds.

Thousands of tourists flock to see the eclipse, attracting tourists from around the world. In some regions, such as Niágara Falls, Canadian authorities have declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the influx of tourists coming to enjoy it. The phenomenon will be partially visible in the rest of North America, Central America, Iceland, the Azores, Madeira, the west of the United Kingdom, as well as the Canary Islands and the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

NASA will livestream the phenomenon from its website and will launch three sounding rockets to study how the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which has an electric charge, is affected.

Millions of people flocked to a narrow line from Mexico to the United States and Canada to witness the celestial sensation on Monday: a total solar eclipse, despite meteorologists forecasting clouds. The best viewing time was expected in Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

The total eclipse is expected to attract the largest gathering of people in North America ever due to the population density in the visibility zone and the allure of over four minutes of complete darkness in broad daylight in Texas and other places. Nearly everyone in North America could enjoy at least a partial eclipse, weather permitting.

“The cloud coverage is one of the most difficult things to predict,” explained meteorologist Alexa Maines on Sunday. “At least it won’t snow.” The uncertainty added excitement to the event. Rain or shine, “it’s about sharing the experience with others,” said Chris Lomas from Gotham, England.

The resulting twilight, in which only the solar atmosphere, or corona, is visible, lasts long enough for birds and other animals to fall silent, and to glimpse planets, stars, and perhaps even a comet. This darkness lasts up to four minutes and 28 seconds, nearly twice as long as the eclipse seen across the United States seven years ago because the Moon is closer to Earth this time. It will be 21 years before the country experiences another total solar eclipse of this magnitude.