Updated April 6th, 2024 at 19:38 IST

Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Date, Time, Place, All You Need to Know About the Rare Celestial Event

A total solar eclipse arises when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, creating a perfect alignment where the moon completely covers the sun.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Date, Time, Place, All You Need to Know About the Rare Celestial Event | Image:NASA
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Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Enthusiasts of astronomy and celestial phenomena are gearing up for a rare treat this year as a Total Solar Eclipse is poised to grace the skies in April, promising a breathtaking display of nature's wonders. Scheduled to occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, the Total Solar Eclipse is a rare astronomical phenomenon happening after a gap of many years. The Total Solar Eclipse this year is expected to briefly turn the day sky dark. 

A Total Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, creating a perfect alignment where the moon completely covers the sun and blocks the rays of the sun from reaching the earth. 

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Total SEclipse 2024 | Date, time, place and everything you need to know

Mark your calendars, as the Total Solar Eclipse is slated to commence on April 8 at 2:12 PM and conclude at 2:22 PM, offering a fleeting yet profound experience for those fortunate enough to witness it. The spectacle will unfold across regions including Canada, the United States, Mexico, and select parts of North America, offering spectators a front-row seat to nature's captivating performance. Regrettably, observers in India will be unable to partake in this rare event.

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Adding to the anticipation, the day preceding the total solar eclipse will witness the moon positioned at a mere 3,60,000 kilometres from the Earth, its closest distance to our planet. 

This proximity will render the moon visibly larger in the sky, setting the stage for the perfect alignment that characterizes a total solar eclipse, while treating onlookers to a mesmerising cosmic panorama.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2024 - longest of its kind in the past 50 years 

Anticipated to last an impressive 7.5 minutes, the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 promises to be the longest of its kind in the past 50 years. The extended duration will offer spectators an unparalleled opportunity to marvel at the celestial spectacle unfolding before their eyes..

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Published March 14th, 2024 at 17:34 IST