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  • Wendell Brock

Upcoming Solar Eclipses

Did you know there are 2 solar eclipses every year? Often they occur over oceans or other continents. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and earth are in alignment. This can create either a full or partial eclipse, depending on how they line up.

On October 14, 2023 an annular eclipse will pass over North America. This particular eclipse is called such because there will be a ring of the sun visible behind the moon. This occurs when the moon is at or near its farthest point from the earth, making the moon smaller to our perspective and not fully covering the sun.

The really exciting eclipse, the total solar eclipse, will occur April 8, 2024. This type of eclipse happens about every 18 months, however, what makes this one so special is here in the U.S. will actually have a chance to see it! When the eclipse happens (where visible) the sky will darken like just before down or at dusk. During this time the sun’s corona, which is normally concealed by the brightness of the sun, will be visible.

During an eclipse you may notice some unusual things happen during the moments of semi darkness. The temperatures can drop almost 20 degrees. Nature and animals tend to act a little differently; the breeze will usually stop and shadows may look different. Birds may stop chirping, and other animals may act startled or uneasy. It’s as if the earth recognizes the uniqueness of what is taking place.

The next time a total eclipse will make its way over the U.S. will be in 20 years. So make your plans now and cross your fingers for clear skies, because you won’t want to miss this rare event!

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