Students watch rare total solar eclipse

Published 2:02 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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S.P. Morton Elementary School students took in the view from Franklin of a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

NASA indicated that the path of totality, the area where the moon fully blocked out the sun, did not include Virginia but went from Texas to Maine and crossed the path of the August 2017 eclipse near Carbondale, Illinois.

Calculations show that it will take about a thousand years for every geographic location in the lower 48 states to be able to view a total solar eclipse, NASA officials stated, adding that after 2024, the next total solar eclipse visible from any point in the contiguous U.S. will occur in 2044. Totality will be visible only from North Dakota and Montana.

NASA officials also noted that the next total solar eclipse that will travel across the lower 48 states from coast to coast is in 2045.