In the video above, you’ll find our latest 1°Outside Forecast for Eclipse Day from Matt.  For everything else you need to know about viewing the eclipse in New England, Danielle has you covered, below!

It’s Almost Here! A rare and unforgettable event is on the horizon for New England. On Monday, April 8th, 2024, a total solar eclipse will grace the skies, casting a dramatic shadow across parts of the region. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, where the moon completely blocks the sun, offers a glimpse into the intricate dance of celestial bodies.

A Timeless Fascination:

The allure of eclipses stretches back millennia. Ancient civilizations meticulously documented these occurrences, attributing them to divine intervention or signs of change. In fact, the earliest recorded eclipse observation dates back to the 2nd millennium BCE in China. Eclipses hold significant cultural and historical weight. The Maya, with their complex calendar system, actively tracked celestial events, including eclipses. Similarly, the ancient Greeks believed eclipses were caused by mythical creatures devouring the sun or moon.

New England’s Time to Shine (or Rather, Briefly Disappear):

This time, New England gets to bask in the moon’s spotlight (or rather, shadow)! Residents in northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will be treated to the full majesty of a total solar eclipse. This means a complete blackout of the sun, transforming daytime into an eerie twilight for a fleeting moment.

What to Expect:

The exact times will vary slightly across the region, but here’s a general breakdown for residents in the path of totality:

  • Totality: This is the main event, lasting approximately 2-3 minutes depending on your location. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of the sun completely obscured by the moon, with the sun’s corona (outermost layer) visible as a breathtaking ring of light. Totality ends when the moon begins to uncover the sun, marking the end of the total eclipse.

Prime Viewing Locations:

Several locations in northern New England offer optimal viewing experiences for the total eclipse:

  • Vermont: Towns like St. Johnsbury, Burlington, and Newport lie directly in the path of totality.
  • New Hampshire: Locations like Lancaster, Dixville Notch, and Pittsburg offer unobstructed views of the eclipse.
  • Maine: Rangeley, Presque Isle, and Caribou are prime spots to witness the full spectacle.

Safety First:

Looking directly at the sun, even during a total eclipse, is extremely dangerous. The sun’s intense rays can permanently damage your eyesight. To safely observe the eclipse during totality, use certified eclipse glasses specifically designed for this purpose. These glasses filter out harmful solar radiation while allowing you to view the eclipse safely.

The Cloud Factor:

Of course, viewing the eclipse, whether partial or total, depends heavily on one crucial element: cloud cover.  While the total eclipse experience is reserved for select areas in northern New England, the partial eclipse will still be visible across the entire region. This offers a glimpse of the moon’s shadow cast on the sun, making it a worthwhile sight for everyone to experience. In Boston, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:16 P.M. and end at 4:39 P.M. with maximum (about 93%) occurring at 3:29 P.M.

A Momentous Occasion:

The 2024 solar eclipse is a momentous occasion, offering a chance to witness a rare celestial phenomenon. While partial eclipses are relatively common, total eclipses are rare occurrences, especially in specific locations. Whether you’re in the path of totality or witnessing the partial eclipse, this event is a reminder of the awe-inspiring beauty and wonder of the universe.