Remember back in August of 2017 when the whole country went nuts over the solar eclipse that captivated America?  Millions of people tried to witness a piece of history. It wasn't a total solar eclipse back in 17 for us in North Dakota and it won't be again in exactly 2 years from today, but it should be a pretty good show.

The next solar eclipse will take place on April 8th, 2024.  According to the American Astronomical Society, once again the path of the solar eclipse will not take a direct path through North Dakota.  The path of totality will run from Mexico through Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, western New York, Vermont, and Maine.  If you want to experience a near-total solar eclipse, that's where you need to be.

Here in North Dakota, it will be a partial solar eclipse and you can expect to see 50 to 60% coverage of the sun.  Still, a pretty awesome spectacle, and the next solar eclipse won't happen again until August 12th, 2045.  That's a long time away.

I myself am fascinated with space and I can't wait for this to happen again.  I know in Grand Forks, where I lived previously there were a lot of solar eclipse viewing parties on the tops of bars and restaurants.

Just remember to view the solar eclipse safely.  According to nsc, the only safe way to look directly at the sun is through a special-purpose solar filter, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  These filters can be used in eclipse glasses or hand-held viewers.


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