Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2023 April 18
A map of the USA is shown with the path of the
greatest darkness of two solar eclipses shown in dark colors. 
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.

Map of Total Solar Eclipse Path in 2024 April
Image Credit: NASA, Science Visualization Studio

Explanation: Would you like to see a total eclipse of the Sun? If so, do any friends or relatives live near the path of next April's eclipse? If yes again, then you might want to arrange a well-timed visit. Next April 8, the path of a total solar eclipse will cross North America from western Mexico to eastern Canada, entering the USA in southern Texas and existing in northern Maine. All of North America will experience, at the least, a partial solar eclipse. Featured here is a map of the path of totality. Many people who have seen a total solar eclipse tell stories about it for the rest of their lives. As a warmup, an annular solar eclipse will be visible later this year -- in mid-October.

Tomorrow's picture: snow sky surprise

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