An Astronomer’s Guide to the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

What can eclipse chasers expect to see on April 8, 2024 when the Moon aligns with the Sun for a total solar eclipse? Astronomer Jackie Faherty explains what you’ll see, why it happens, and whether Earth is the only planet that encounters this unforgettable cosmic event.

On April 8, 2024, a wide stretch of the U.S. will be in the path of totality, similarly to the Great American Eclipse of 2017. People in Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont and Maine will fall in the Moon’s shadow. Are you planning to be there? Get an astrophysicist’s expert tips on how to find the optimal viewing spot and what you should know about safely viewing a solar eclipse.