2024 total solar eclipse darkens US skies as totality begins in Texas

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Stunning photographs of the eclipse from Mexico and Texas

The total solar eclipse first made landfall along the Pacific coast of Mexico before moving to Texas, and photographers in both locations captured stunning images as the moon began to cover the sun.

The moon partially covers the sun during a total solar eclipse, as seen from Eagle Pass, Texas, on April 8, 2024.

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A partial solar eclipse is seen from Mazatlán, Mexico, on April 8, 2024.

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The moon begins to eclipse the sun on April 8, 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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A partial solar eclipse is seen from Eagle Pass, Texas, on April 8, 2024.

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Watch live eclipse coverage from New York

Parts of NY state are in the path of totality of the eclipse. New York City will see a partial eclipse, with the moon covering about 90% of the sunlight, peaking around 3:25 p.m. ET.

Watch CBS New York’s live coverage in the video player below.

CBS News New York


Biden: “Enjoy the eclipse. But play it safe.”

The White House released a short video of President Biden putting on his eclipse glasses and encouraging Americans to enjoy the view. “But don’t be silly, friends: play it safe and wear protective glasses,” the message said. saying.

Although Biden did not mention it, his video drew comparisons to a famous photo of then-President Trump standing on the same White House balcony during the 2017 eclipse and briefly looking up without protective glasses.

Doctors say eclipse glasses are crucial to protect your eyes from sun damage.


Check your eclipse glasses: Illinois Department of Health warns of recall

The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning people to check their eclipse glasses after a recall.

The recalled glasses were sold through Amazon as “AAS Approved 2024 Biniki Solar Eclipse Glasses – CE & ISO Certified Safe Glasses for Direct Sun Viewing (6 Pack).”

The recalled glasses are labeled “EN ISO 12312-1:2022.” Appropriate eclipse safety glasses must carry the ISO designation of 12312-2.

Read more here.


Watch live coverage from Texas as the solar eclipse arrives

Texas is the first state in the United States where the eclipse appears. The partial eclipse has begun and totality is expected to reach Eagle Pass, along the US-Mexico border, at 1:27 pm CDT (2:27 pm EDT).

Watch live coverage from CBS Texas in the video player below.

CBS News Texas


How to safely view the total solar eclipse

Millions of people across the United States are excited to see the eclipse, but it’s important to do so safely. Looking at the sun, even when it is partially covered, such as during an eclipse, can cause eye damage.

There is no safe dose of solar ultraviolet rays or infrared radiation, says Dr. Yehia Hashad, an ophthalmologist, retina specialist and medical director of eye health company Bausch + Lomb.

special glasses They are necessary for protection during viewing the eclipse; Regular sunglasses aren’t enough, even if you stack more than one pair. TO pinhole viewer is another safe viewing option.

Why looking directly at a solar eclipse is so dangerous for your eyesight

Eye problems caused by viewing the eclipse without special glasses may not be evident immediately and sometimes appear a day or several after the event. It could affect only one or both eyes. And although some recover normal visual function, sometimes the damage is permanent.

Read more here.

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At what time will the eclipse reach maximum totality?

Maximum viewing time will depend on your location. The total solar eclipse will emerge over the South Pacific Ocean on Monday morning before reaching North America at approximately 10:57 a.m. PT, beginning in parts of Mexico.

He path of totality — where viewers can witness the moon completely blocking the sun (via eclipse viewing glasses for safety, of course) – then crosses the US-Mexico border into Texas and arrives at Eagle Pass at 12:10 pm CT.

It completes its journey across the US at approximately 4:40 pm ET, passing through Caribou, Maine and Canada.

Here’s a look at the expected times in 13 cities along the path to totality:

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What are the different types of solar eclipses?

While the April 8 eclipse will be a total solar eclipse, there are actually various types of solar eclipses. They occur when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth, partially or completely blocking sunlight along its path.

During the total solar eclipse on April 8, the moon will completely block the sun’s light in parts of the USallowing people in the “path of totality”, the center of the moon’s shadow, to experience a total eclipse.

The NASA illustration shows how a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that blocks sunlight over a given area.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The sun will be crescent-shaped as the moon begins to cover it, then the sky will darken as the moon covers more and more of the sun, until it eventually covers the entire sun for several minutes of totality. During totality, viewers can see a corona, the outermost part of the sun’s atmosphere.

The sun’s corona is visible as the moon passes in front of the sun during a total solar eclipse at Big Summit Prairie Ranch in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest, near the town of Mitchell, on August 21, 2017.

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A annular solar eclipse It occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth when it is at or near its farthest point from Earth, according to NASA. With the moon so far away, it won’t completely cover the sun. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will appear as a dark disk above the Sun, with a bright ring around it.

TO partial solar eclipse It occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are not perfectly aligned when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, explains NASA. Only part of the Sun is covered by the Moon during this type of eclipse, giving it the shape of a crescent.

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How many people live in the path of the eclipse?

An estimated 31.6 million people live in the path of totality of the April 8 eclipse. According to NASA, another 150 million people are within 200 miles of the path of totality, and millions more will be able to see a partial eclipse.

That’s more than what was in the way The last to cross the United States.in 2017.

“I think this particular eclipse will be even more spectacular,” says astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz. he told CBS Chicago.

“Totality will last almost two minutes longer in some places” compared to last time, he said.

Making the most of Monday’s solar eclipse

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Will there be good weather to see the eclipse today?

Cloud cover and storms may interfere with eclipse viewing in Texas, where volatile weather is expected. For Dallas and Austin, “it’s a tall order,” says CBS New York meteorologist Lonnie Quinn, while San Antonio will have “some of the worst weather ever.”

But further north and east, better conditions are expected, giving many people in the Midwest and Northeast a good opportunity to view the eclipse. Some clouds may move in and out over Missouri, Indiana and western New York, says The Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.

Quinn has more details on the forecast in the video below.

There’s a lot of anticipation for the solar eclipse, but will clouds block the show?

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How to know if your eclipse glasses are safe

The only glasses that should be used to view a partially eclipsed sun are eclipse glasses that meet an international standard, ISO 12312-2, according to the American Optometric Association.

Do not use sunglasses, tinted lenses, unfiltered telescopes, or magnifying glasses or polarized filters as a way to view the eclipse. Viewing an eclipse without proper protection can cause eye damage.

Real eclipse glasses They will have an international standard notation somewhere on their body, verifying that they reduce visible sunlight to a safe level and block ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

Look for the ISO label and make sure your eclipse glasses meet the international standard “ISO 12312-2” to protect your eyes from potential damage.

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Before purchasing, make sure the glasses are advertised as meeting this standard. And be careful, there are many fakes on the market.

Fake eclipse glasses are hitting the market. Here’s how to check if yours are safe to use.

Read more here.

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How to Make Solar Eclipse Glasses, Cereal Box Viewers, and Pinhole Projectors to View the Eclipse Safely

while solar eclipse glasses are available for sale, there are several safe alternatives you can make or find at home to help you enjoy the eclipse, experts say.

If you have access, you can use #14 welder’s goggles or sheets of aluminized mylar plastic. You can also make a homemade one. pinhole projector using a sheet of paper or create an eclipse viewer out of a cereal box. Here are instructions.

Hey Ray: Making a Solar Eclipse Pinhole Viewer

Eye protection during the eclipse is important to prevent eye damage. Do not use normal sunglasses, they do not offer enough protection.

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