The First Alert 25 Weather Team covers the Great American Solar Eclipse

Pablo Tucker
January 26, 2019

The next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the United States will be on April 8, 2024. Anyone within its path of totality, the 70-mile-wide band in which a full total eclipse will occur, will be able to experience a spell-binding two minutes and forty seconds of darkness. Elsewhere in the country, and across the entire North American continent, spectators were treated to a partial eclipse of the sun.

This rare alignment, in which only the sun's corona is visible, hasn't been seen across the continental U.S. since 1918, and a record number of people are flocking to states where they can see totality. It was also the first time in 99 years where a solar eclipse traveled from the west coast to the east coast. What is an eclipse?

The solar eclipse 2017 is underway, and people all over the world are very interested in seeing exactly when and how things will look when the sun is blocked completely by the moon.

But it has been 38 years since the mainland United States glimpsed a total eclipse.

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty ImagesA steaming pot shows the partial solar eclipse in its shadows in Toronto on August 21, 2017.

"Cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern; with your back to the sun, look at your hands' shadow on the ground...the little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse", NASA wrote on its website. We're updating this post with photos and tweets from our trip to see the eclipse.

Despite the picturesque qualities of the eclipse, remember that looking directly at the Sun can cause damage to eyes.

Scotland, MD- The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017 has come and gone. The last view of the moon's shadow will be seen in Charleston, South Carolina at 4:10 p.m. ET.

The total solar eclipse will take place this Monday, Aug. 21.

That 2024 eclipse? Sure, lots of people in the States will be able to catch a glimpse, but not in almost as many places as today's.

How should I watch it? If not, another safe method to view the eclipse would involve making a pinhole camera, using only a shoebox and some aluminum foil.

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