April 25, 2024

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What to expect from the Solar Eclipse in DC

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A Solar Eclipse will cross the country on April 8th from Texas to Maine. DC isn’t in the path of totality, but the DMV will still see a great show in the sky.

WASHINGTON — Mark your calendar for Monday, April 8th! That’s when a Solar Eclipse will cross the country for the last time until 2045.

The path of totality, where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, stretches from Texas to Maine. Here in the DC region, 87.4% of the sun will be eclipsed, leaving just a tiny sliver visible behind the moon.

Solar Eclipse Timeline:

2:04 p.m. – The partial eclipse will begin and the moon will start to pass in front of the sun
2:47 p.m. – The DC area will be halfway to the maximum partial eclipse with 43.7% of the sun blocked by the moon
3:20 p.m. – The sun will be 87.4% blocked by the moon

How To Prepare:

Special eclipse glasses are extremely important to keeping your eyes safe during the solar eclipse. The only time it is safe to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye is during totality, if you’re located within the path of totality. Before and after, certified eclipse glasses should be worn to avoid eye damage. 

The American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Task Force vetted sellers and compiled a list of trusted manufacturers and suppliers of eclipse glasses here.

Traveling to Totality:

With the next Total Solar Eclipse not visible over the continental U.S. for another 20 years, you may want to consider traveling to the path of totality.

Members of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club will be traveling from Mexico to Maine, and say the experience is worth the trip!

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