Darkness is Coming to South Dakota: The 2024 Solar Eclipse
Hey, remember back in 2017 when a total solar eclipse swept across the United States? Then on the big day, Sioux Falls missed lots of the fun because of a thunderstorm. Well, we've got a second chance of sorts coming up.
Get ready for another total solar eclipse in April 2024! The moon will cast a shadow over the United States, bringing darkness and awe-inspiring beauty. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event!
From Texas To Maine: The Path Of The 2024 Solar Eclipse In The United States
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. The moon's shadow then brings darkness to parts of Earth.
April 8, 2024, North American Total Solar Eclipse
In April 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross Texas again, but this time move northeast across the United States through the Midwest, the South, and then up through New England.
The eclipse starts April 8, 2024 in Texas around 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine around 2:35 pm CDT.
This event will be a total solar eclipse because the sun and moon will line up just right.
"A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely obscuring the face of the sun. These solar eclipses are possible because the diameter of the sun is about 400 times that of the moon, but also approximately 400 times farther away" - Space.com
When Will the April 2024 Eclipse be in South Dakota?
South Dakota's experience in the 2024 eclipse will probably not be total darkness, but the streetlights may come on. Predictions are for about 70% sun coverage in the Sioux Falls area just before 2:00 PM CDT.
Still pretty cool. And scientists say that this one will end up being quite a few minutes longer than the eclipse in 2017.
Before the eclipse in 2017, the last time the U.S. had a total eclipse was in 1991 when one cut across Hawaii and Mexico. Before that, the last total eclipse on the mainland was in 1979, when the sky darkened in the northwestern USA.
Scenes from the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse
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