Celestial Stories

The Great North American solar eclipse will take place on Monday, April 8th and will begin at 2:11 PM EST. This is the last solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044.

A solar eclipse is a celestial phenomenon when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking some or all of the Sun's rays. When the moon blocks 100% of the Sun's light, it casts a shadow that briefly turns day into night, offering a unique opportunity for millions across the continent to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of our cosmos. This instance is called a totality. The eclipse's visibility from Glen Ridge, NJ will be roughly 91%.

Eclipses create moments of collective wonder and curiosity, driving thousands to don special glasses and gaze skyward in unity. These events provide invaluable opportunities for scientists to study the Sun's outer atmosphere, known as the corona. Understanding the corona is crucial for unraveling the mysteries of solar weather, which can have profound impacts on satellite communications, power grids, and even astronaut safety.

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