Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

Total solar eclipse

On Monday (April 8), a total solar eclipse will sweep across the North Americas. 

North America and Central America 

On April 8, 2024, North and Central America will see a partial solar eclipse. A narrow path, 115 miles wide, passing over 15 U.S. states, Mexico, and Canada, will witness a total eclipse as the moon fully covers the sun's disk. 

Types of solar eclipse

There are three major types of solar eclipse:

A total solar eclipse A partial solar eclipse Annular solar eclipses  

Total solar eclipse 

A total solar eclipse like that on April 8 occurs when the moon is relatively close to Earth and blocks the entire disk of the sun.

Partial solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse is an event that happens when the Earth, moon, and sun are not perfectly aligned, resulting in the lunar disk only covering part of our star, making the sun appear as if a bite has been taken out of it.  

Annular solar eclipses

An eclipse at these times sees the moon only an obscure part of the solar disk, with the sun appearing as a glowing ring of fire. These events are called annular solar eclipses, and the last one seen over the U.S. occurred on Oct. 14, 2023.

New moon phase 

On April 8, 2024, the moon will be in its new moon phase, and it will look relatively large, meaning it is capable of covering 100% of the sun's disk as viewed from the narrow path of totality.

Diameter of the sun

On April 8, 2024, the value will be 1.0566, according to EclipseWise.com, slightly more than total coverage.

Interactive map of the total eclipse 

NASA has released an interactive map of the total eclipse, which space enthusiasts can use to track the totality as it drifts across the globe.