Solar eclipse of April 8, 2024

A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, visible across North America. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. With a magnitude of 1.0566, its longest duration of totality will be of four minutes and 28 seconds near the town of Nazas, Durango, Mexico, and the nearby city of Torreón, Coahuila.

This eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible from Canada since February 26, 1979,[1] the first in Mexico since July 11, 1991,[2] and the first in the U.S. since August 21, 2017.

It will be the only total solar eclipse in the 21st century where totality is visible in Mexico, the United States of America, and Canada.[3]

Solar eclipse of April 8, 2024
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration268 sec (4 m 28 s)
LocationNazas, Durango, Mexico
Coordinates25°18′N 104°06′W / 25.3°N 104.1°W
Max. width of band198 km (123 mi)
Times (UTC)
(P1) Partial begin15:42:07
(U1) Total begin16:38:44
Greatest eclipse18:18:29
(U4) Total end19:55:29
(P4) Partial end20:52:14
Saros139 (30 of 71)
Catalog # (SE5000)9561


Animation of path

Totality will be visible in a narrow strip in North America, beginning at the Pacific coast, then ascending in a northeasterly direction through Mexico, the United States, and Canada, before ending in the Atlantic Ocean.


In Mexico, totality will pass through the states of Sinaloa (including Mazatlán), Durango (including Durango and Gómez Palacio) and Coahuila (including Torreón, Matamoros, Monclova, Sabinas, Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras).

United States

In the United States, totality will be visible through the states of Texas (including parts of San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth and all of Arlington, Dallas, Killeen, Temple, Texarkana, Tyler and Waco), Oklahoma, Arkansas (including Hot Springs, Jonesboro, and Little Rock), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana (including Bloomington, Evansville, Indianapolis, Muncie, Terre Haute, and Vincennes), a very small area of Michigan, Ohio (including Akron, Dayton, Lima, Roundhead, Toledo, Cleveland, Warren, Newton Falls and Austintown), Pennsylvania (including Erie), Upstate New York (including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the Adirondacks, Potsdam, and Plattsburgh), and northern Vermont (including Burlington), New Hampshire, and Maine,[4][5] with the line of totality going almost directly over the state's highest point Mount Katahdin. The largest city entirely in the path will be Dallas, Texas. It will be the second total eclipse visible from the central United States in just 7 years, after the eclipse of August 21, 2017.

As a remarkable coincidence totality will pass through the town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, home of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot upon the Moon.


In Canada, the path of totality will pass over parts of Southern Ontario (including, Leamington, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kingston and Cornwall), parts of southern Quebec (including Montreal, Sherbrooke and the Mont Mégantic Observatory),[6] central New Brunswick (including Fredericton and Miramichi),[7] western Prince Edward Island (including Tignish and Summerside),[8] and central Newfoundland (including Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor). Then, it will vanish on the eastern Atlantic coast of Newfoundland. (Some of the Canadian cities listed, such as Hamilton and Montreal, are on an edge of the path of totality. Windsor, London, Toronto and Ottawa lie just north of the path of totality, and Moncton lies just south of it.)

Related eclipses

The path of this eclipse will cross the path of the prior total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, with the intersection of the two paths being in southern Illinois, in Makanda, just south of Carbondale.[9] The cities of Benton, Carbondale, Chester, Harrisburg, Marion, and Metropolis in Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Farmington, and Perryville in Missouri, as well as Paducah, Kentucky, will be within a roughly 9,000 square mile intersection of the paths of totality of both the 2017 and 2024 eclipses, therefore earning the rare distinction of being witness to two total solar eclipses within a span of seven years.

Solar eclipses 2022–2025

This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.[10]

Solar eclipse series sets from 2022-2025
Ascending node   Descending node
119 April 30, 2022
124 October 25, 2022
129 April 20, 2023
134 October 14, 2023
139 April 8, 2024
144 October 2, 2024
149 March 29, 2025
154 September 21, 2025

Saros 139

It is a part of saros series 139, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours, containing 71 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on May 17, 1501. It contains hybrid eclipses on August 11, 1627 through December 9, 1825 and total eclipses from December 21, 1843 through March 26, 2601. The series ends at member 71 as a partial eclipse on July 3, 2763. Members in the same column are one exeligmos apart and thus occur in the same geographic area.

The solar eclipse of June 13, 2132 will be the longest total solar eclipse since July 11, 1991 at 6 minutes, 55 seconds.

The longest duration of totality will be produced by member 39 at 7 minutes, 29 seconds on July 16, 2186.[11] This is the longest solar eclipse computed between 4000BC and 6000AD.[12]

Series members 24–39 occur between 1901 and 2100
24 25 26
February 3, 1916
February 14, 1934
February 25, 1952
27 28 29
March 7, 1970
March 18, 1988
March 29, 2006
30 31 32
April 8, 2024
April 20, 2042
April 30, 2060
33 34 35
May 11, 2078
May 22, 2096
June 3, 2114
36 37 38
June 13, 2132
June 25, 2150
July 5, 2168

July 16, 2186

Tritos series

This eclipse is a part of a tritos cycle, repeating at alternating nodes every 135 synodic months (≈ 3986.63 days, or 11 years minus 1 month). Their appearance and longitude are irregular due to a lack of synchronization with the anomalistic month (period of perigee), but groupings of 3 tritos cycles (≈ 33 years minus 3 months) come close (≈ 434.044 anomalistic months), so eclipses are similar in these groupings.

Series members between 1901 and 2100
March 17, 1904
(Saros 128)
February 14, 1915
(Saros 129)
January 14, 1926
(Saros 130)
December 13, 1936
(Saros 131)
November 12, 1947
(Saros 132)
October 12, 1958
(Saros 133)
September 11, 1969
(Saros 134)
August 10, 1980
(Saros 135)
July 11, 1991
(Saros 136)
June 10, 2002
(Saros 137)
May 10, 2013
(Saros 138)
April 8, 2024
(Saros 139)
March 9, 2035
(Saros 140)
February 5, 2046
(Saros 141)
January 5, 2057
(Saros 142)
December 6, 2067
(Saros 143)
November 4, 2078
(Saros 144)
October 4, 2089
(Saros 145)
September 4, 2100
(Saros 146)

Metonic series

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition, the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).

21 eclipse events between June 21, 1982, and June 21, 2058
June 21 April 8-9 January 26 November 13-14 September 1-2
117 119 121 123 125
June 21, 1982
April 9, 1986
January 26, 1990
November 13, 1993
September 2, 1997
127 129 131 133 135
June 21, 2001
April 8, 2005
January 26, 2009
November 13, 2012
September 1, 2016
137 139 141 143 145
June 21, 2020
April 8, 2024
January 26, 2028
November 14, 2031
September 2, 2035
147 149 151 153 155
June 21, 2039
April 9, 2043
January 26, 2047
November 14, 2050
September 2, 2054

June 21, 2058

Other solar eclipses crossing the United States

Notable total and annular solar eclipse crossing the United States from 1900 to 2050:

Total Total Total Annular Total Annular Total Annular
Jun 8, 1918
Jun 30, 1954
Feb 26, 1979
May 10, 1994
Aug 21, 2017
Oct 14, 2023
Aug 12, 2045
Jun 11, 2048


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  7. ^ Fowler, Shane (August 23, 2017). "Prime location to view total eclipse in 7 years? New Brunswick". CBC News. Woodstock and Miramichi will spend the most time in the dark with totality durations of 3:17 and 3:09. Fredericton will experience about 2:21 minutes of totality. Moncton, Saint John and Bathurst will just miss out on experiencing a total technical blackout, but will still see 98 to 99 per cent of the sun disappear.
  8. ^ Yarr, Kevin (August 23, 2017). "P.E.I. on the path for 2024 total solar eclipse". CBC News. Retrieved August 29, 2017. Totality will cover the Island from about Summerside and west, with the centre of the path crossing over North Cape.
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  12. ^ Ten Millennium Catalog of Long Solar Eclipses, -3999 to +6000 (4000 BCE to 6000 CE) Fred Espenak.

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