12th July 2024
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April 8 Solar Eclipse, An Experience Of A Life Time

April 8 Solar Eclipse, An Experience Of A Life Time

As the much awaited Eclipse of the Sun will be on Monday, April 8, 2024, preparations have been made to ensure it’s experience does not in any way bring any negativity.

This is even to the extent that contingency plans have been made by the affected North American countries to accommodate the both the residents and the solar eclipse tourists.

In a report by Robert Lea, the would be expectations of the people have been captured in detail with historical background laced with facts and figures.

Robert Lea reports:

On Monday (April 8), the sky over a swathe of North America will briefly darken as the moon covers the sun completely during a total solar eclipse. 

For a maximum of 4 minutes and 28 seconds along a 115-mile-wide (185 kilometers) and 10,000-mile-long (16,000 km) path passing through Mexico, the United States and Canada, the moon will completely cover the sun, and the sky will fall dark. And, outside this path of totality, observers will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, which is still a sight to behold.

It’s not surprising that our ancient ancestors viewed total solar eclipses with trepidation and fear. They were often thought to be dire portents from the gods, indicating the deities’ displeasure — or observations of the sun being consumed by fearsome creatures like dragons, which needed to be scared away with loud noises. 

In our current (mostly) scientifically enlightened times, we have abandoned such supernatural explanations. But rejecting the concept of star-eating dragons doesn’t mean that the total solar eclipse isn’t capable of throwing up some unusual and phenomena that may leave witnesses scratching their heads.

Space.com takes you through a brief list of some of the strange phenomena that may distract you as you attempt to take in the most exciting astronomical event of 2024.

Fpe more details, follow the link: https://www.space.com/solar-eclipse-april-2024-strange-phenomena

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