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Here's what to know about next week's total solar eclipse

Here's what to know about next week's total solar eclipse

Parts of North America will remain dark next week due to a rare celestial phenomenon that will not return for the next few decades.

A total solar eclipse is scheduled to occur next Monday, for the first time since 2017, which will completely obscure the sun's visor.

What is a total solar eclipse?

“A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun.” According to NASA.

The eclipse will last longer than the one in 2017 because the moon will be closer to Earth than usual – 223,000 miles away at the time. The total eclipse will be the longest over Mexico, lasting 4 minutes and 28 seconds. According to NASA. In Syracuse, New York, the eclipse will last for only a minute and a half.

When will it happen?

A total solar eclipse will occur on April 8. The last eclipse occurred in August 2017. It will be a few decades until another eclipse occurs.

the The upcoming total solar eclipse It is scheduled to take place in August 2044 in Montana and North Dakota, according to NASA.

Eclipse path

The path of the eclipse will bring the moon's shadow over communities from the southwestern United States to its northeast, where 15 states are expected to witness the total eclipse.

The eclipse will travel from Texas and pass through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. According to NASA.

How can people watch it safely

NASA is Provide a live broadcast.

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Looking at the sun during an eclipse can cause “eclipse blindness.” Regular sunglasses will not provide adequate protection.

The glasses people should use have a filter called ISO 12312-2.

“Unfortunately, sunglasses aren't enough, because you need them to actually be 1,000 times darker than regular sunglasses,” said ophthalmologist and assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, Dr. Nicole Bajek. He told ABC News. “So, we're specifically looking at eclipse glasses, and they have a special filter called ISO 12312-2.”

Eclipse glasses must be worn during a parietal solar eclipse.

A special-purpose solar filter must be turned on if viewing through a telescope or camera lens, according to NASA.

It is safe to remove glasses during the short eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun. When the moon moves, the glasses should be put back.

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