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Fun Facts About The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

The exact lineup of the Sun and Moon is an experience that few will be lucky enough to have. Yes, millions will view the solar eclipse, but in all of history – that is a small number. We are living in a special time that allows us to view the natural wonder.

There are a lot of interesting facts about a solar eclipse, some you may know – others may surprise you.

1. It has been 7 years since the last total eclipse in the United States

The last solar eclipse occurred on August 21, 2017. Millions of people viewed it from Oregon to South Carolina. Prior to that, you would have to go back to February 26, 1979! The next total solar eclipse is not expected until August 23, 2044 and will be visible in Montana and North Dakota.

2. All of the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse

It is estimated that 99% of people in the U.S. will see at least a partial solar eclipse.

3. Nature Will Present Differently

The closer we get to totality, the more weird things will seem in nature. Use your senses and listen, look and feel your surroundings. Shadows will look differently, breezes will die down and birds will seemingly disappear and go quiet. The sun provides a lot of energy to our earth, when it hides, the changes will be noticeable.

4. 2024 Will Not Have The Longest Time of Totality

A solar eclipse can have a possible duration of up to 7 minutes and 32 seconds. A long eclipse that could approach 7 minutes is not expected until June 13, 2132. The eclipse on June 30, 1973 was the longest at 7 minutes 4 seconds.

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5. Telescopes Are Not Needed

While you should where your eclipse glasses, a telescope is not needed. You can view the Moon over the sun with nothing more than your naked eye.

6. The Future Of A Solar Eclipse Is Diminishing

The diameter of the sun is about 400 times larger than the Moon, but it is also 400 times farther away. This is what gives the impression they are both the same size, when they are not. Unfortunately, the Moon is moving further away from the Earth. That means hundreds of millions of years from now, the Moon will be unable to cover the sun. This would make a solar eclipse a thing of the past.

7. Tens of Millions Live In The Path Of The Eclipse

Approximately 31.5 million will be able to head outside to see the total eclipse in 2024. Compare that to 12.25 million with the 2017 eclipse. The path runs through several states with the some of the best visuals taking place in Buffalo, NY, Austin Texas and even parts of Mexico.

nasa map of eclipse

8. Texas Will Get The First View

If being first is your thing, you will need to be in Texas to get the first view of the eclipse. Las Quintas Fronterizas, Texas is expected to arrive at 1:27:21pm CDT

9. Maine Will Get The Last View

The totality will be complete at 3:35pm EDT on the eastern edge of Littleton, Maine.

10. Totality Will Last No Longer Than 4 Minutes And 28 Seconds

Nazas Mexico will experience the longest duration of the eclipse. It is expected at that location you can view the total eclipse up to 4 minutes 28 seconds.

11. Animal Behaviors Will Be Weird

An eclipse is a weird day for animals. Some animals will go quiet during the eclipse, like birds and crickets. Others will experience severe anxiety. Giraffes have been known to start running around in a crazy manner. You may notice a difference in your pets as they experience something that is unknown and disruptive to their daily life.

12. Expect A Temperature Drop

Expect a drop in temperature. Depending where you are located, the temperature can drop 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit.

13. A Solar Eclipse Proved Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

In 1919, astrophysicist Arther Eddington proved Einstein’s theory of relativity was accurate.

14. An Estimated $6 Billion Economic Boom Is Expected

With all the press and media surrounding the big day, people are pulling out their cash and cards to enjoy it. From travel expenses to food, there is no lack of spending to make the most of the experience. Once couple even decided to have their wedding at the moment of the eclipse. Niagara Falls alone is expected to see 1 million visitors for the eclipse, they typically get 14 million through the entire year.

15. Brands Are Jumping On The Trend

Many brands are offering eclipse themed goods and services to jump on the trend. Even Delta has created a special called “path of totality” flights where you can view the eclipse from 30,000 feet in the air. Yes, they sold out of these flights.

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