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2024 Total Eclipse: What You Need To Know

We are sure all of Shawnee will be gazing at the sky Monday, April 8 when the celestial ballet of the Sun, Moon, and Earth will once again captivate sky-gazers with a spectacular solar eclipse. This phenomenon, where the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, temporarily cloaking the latter in a haunting shadow, is not only a visual spectacle but also an opportunity for scientific observation. With areas of Oklahoma expected to experience a total solar eclipse, we're addressing the many questions being asked.


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When will the April 8 eclipse occur?

The April 8 eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. The eclipse will cross the Red River about 12:27 p.m., and exit the state about 3:07 p.m., according to National Eclipse. But the total eclipse, the direct casting of the moon's shadow, will only last from about 1:44 p.m. to 1:51 p.m. in the state, Great American Eclipse estimates.


What type of eclipse will it be?

The April 8 eclipse will be a total solar eclipse.


What can I expect to see during the April 8 eclipse?

If you are within the path of totality, you will witness the moon completely covering the sun, turning day into twilight for a brief period. Outside the path of totality, observers will see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers a portion of the sun's disk.


Where will the April 8 eclipse be visible?

The path of totality, where the eclipse will be visible in its entirety, will cross through southeast Oklahoma, but people in Shawnee will still be able to observe a partial eclipse - about 95% coverage.


Is it safe to look directly at the April 8 eclipse?

No, it is not safe to look directly at the sun during any phase of a solar eclipse without proper eye protection. Looking directly at the sun can cause serious eye damage or even blindness. It's essential to use certified solar viewing glasses or other indirect viewing methods to observe the eclipse safely. TravelOK has ISO-certified Eclipse Glasses as does the Ten-Acre Observatory in nearby Tribbey.


How can I photograph the eclipse?

Photography of an eclipse requires special equipment and techniques. To capture a solar eclipse, you'll need a solar filter for your camera to protect your equipment and yourself from the intense sunlight. Research proper techniques for photographing the sun safely.


How often do total solar eclipses like the one on April 8 occur?

Total solar eclipses are relatively rare events that occur roughly every 18 months somewhere on Earth. However, the path of totality for each eclipse is typically narrow, so seeing one from a specific location is less common.


These are some of the common questions and answers related to the April 8 eclipse. If you have any further inquiries, feel free to ask!


If this celestial phenomenon piques your interest in observing the sky more, plan a visit to the Ten Acre Observatory in nearby Tribbey. They conduct guided tours of the night sky and provide educational presentations to schools and civic organizations.



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