Solar Eclipse 2024 Map Shows Where Sun Will Be Blocked by Moon on April 8

A total solar eclipse in April will darken more than a dozen U.S. cities during the day.  

On April 8, the complete solar eclipse will begin just after midday in the south and cross 13 states. NASA has given trajectory maps showing where and when Americans can see the uncommon phenomena next month.  

First U.S. eclipse since 2017, it will start in Mexico, cross North America, and exit via the northeast into Canada.  

For several minutes, those in the "path of totality" will see dark sky as the moon blocks the sun's brightness. People outside the straight path will feel some affects, but less so.  

Newsweek quoted AccuWeather astronomy expert Brian Lada: "You definitely want to be looking at the sky on April 8th because if you miss the solar eclipse this year, you have to wait two decades to see a total solar eclipse from the contiguous US."  

"Total solar eclipses are common. They occur annually worldwide. Seeing them in the US is rare."  

Where to watch the solar eclipse? A NASA graphic displays the eclipse's nationwide path and projected times. The eclipse will begin in Texas at 1:30 p.m. CDT, then move to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  

Some major cities will go black on April 8. NASA reports that the following cities will see maximum totality at the following times:  

Dallas, Texas - 1:42 p.m. CDT Idabel, Oklahoma - 1:47 p.m. CDT Little Rock, Arkansas - 1:52 p.m. CDT Poplar Bluff, Missouri - 1:56 p.m. CDT Paducah, Kentucky - 2:01 p.m. CDT Carbondale, Illinois - 2:01 p.m. CDT

Evansville, Indiana - 2:04 p.m. CDT Cleveland, Ohio - 3:15 p.m. EDT Erie, Pennsylvania - 3:18 p.m. EDT Buffalo, New York - 3:20 p.m. EDT Burlington, Vermont - 3:27 p.m. EDT Lancaster, New Hampshire - 3:29 p.m. EDT Caribou, Maine - 3:33 p.m. EDT

NASA has warned anyone turning to the skies to watch the eclipse should take proper precautions to prevent potentially serious damage to their eyesight.