What will the total solar eclipse look like over Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota?

The Total Solar Eclipse will make its way across the contiguous United States on Monday, April 8 2024 starting its journey in Texas.

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From there, it will continue over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Additionally, minor portions of Tennessee and Michigan will also witness the total solar eclipse.

According to NASA, the next total solar eclipse visible across the contiguous United States will not take place until August 2044.

It will be best seen in Montana and North Dakota.

Following that the next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse won't occur until 2045.

So what will the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse look like over Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota?

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The eclipse will be at its peak at around 2:00 pm central time with about 75% coverage in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

You can see a full track and time of the total solar eclipse on the Nasa website.

An important reminder to use International Safety Standard (ISO) approved safe glasses to view the solar eclipse.

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Here Are The 7 Remaining Drive-In Theaters In South Dakota

If you were born last century...you know, in the nineteen hundreds (ugh)...you may have spent a summer evening in the car watching movies. I don't mean on your phone, I mean at the drive-in movie theater!

If you were in Sioux Falls in the 1970s and '80's you may remember seeing Jaws and Indiana Jones at The East Park or the Starlite Drive-In. Both drive-ins opened just after World War 2. The East Park didn't make it out of the '70s, closing in 1978. The Starlite survived long enough to see the birth of home video, closing in 1985.


Drive-in movies had a bit of a resurgence during the pandemic. They were a way to go out and do something social without getting out of your car.

If you tried one during that time, or you remember the fun of a warm summer evening watching movies on that giant screen there are still places in South Dakota and around Sioux Falls you can do it.

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