The April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse has the potential to be an amazing event.  The total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the continental United States for the first time since August 21, 2017.

During a 2021 conference of the American Astronomical Society, Dr. Kate Russo, Author, Psychologist and Eclipse Chaser, compared the circumstances of the April 8, 2024 compared to the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse:

Circumstance August 21, 2017 April 8, 2024
Population in the path 12 million 32 million
Longer duration 2 min 40.2 secs 4 minutes 28.1 secs
Wider path 71 miles 124 miles
Great awareness 39 years 4 years


Path of Totality

The 2017 total solar eclipse was the first to touch the "Lower 48" since 1979 and the first to span the U.S. from coast to coast since 1918.  The April 8, 2024 will cross Mexico, sweep northeast from Texas to Maine, and then darken the Canadian maritimes. A partial solar eclipse will again be visible to nearly everyone in North America fortunate to have cloud-free skies.

April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
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Southeast Missouri is fortunate to be within the path of totality as noted by this map provided courtesy of GreatAmericanEclipse.com


April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
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