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April's total solar eclipse will be the last visible in the US until 2044

The next total solar eclipse in the United States, the first in seven years, will come this spring.

If you missed the last total solar eclipse in North America on August 21, 2017, or the annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming total solar eclipse.

What is a total solar eclipse?

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse was seen from Glasgow Park in Bear.  The total phase of this solar eclipse was not visible in Wilmington, but it was observed as a partial solar eclipse.  The moon covered most of the sun, so it was a spectacular sight.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and completely blocks the face of the Sun. NASA

No matter what time of day, the sky darkens like dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, those on the path of totality will see the Sun's corona, the outer atmosphere, which is normally obscured by the Sun's bright face.

When is the total solar eclipse?

The solar eclipse was captured on August 21, 2017 through a filter in Rehoboth Beach.

The next total solar eclipse is on Monday, April 8.

The duration of totality will last four minutes and 27 seconds, twice as long as the total solar eclipse observed in the United States in 2017. The Great American Eclipse.

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