Excitement grows before the total solar eclipse in the US, Mexico and Canada | solar eclipses

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Throughout the United States, Mexico And Canada, people have rushed to find places to witness a rare total solar eclipse, while forecasts of cloudy skies worry some hopeful viewers.

The phenomenon occurs when the Moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun, blocking sunlight. The eclipse will be visible in all three countries on April 8.

North America will not see another coast-to-coast total solar eclipse for 21 years, with Millions of people across the country are expected to travel. to witness the celestial event.

The path of the moon’s shadow is called path of totalitywhich for Monday’s eclipse will be about 115 miles (185 km) wide and will cross 15 US states in a northeasterly direction, from Texas to Maine, for about an hour, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT and ending around from 3:35 p.m. Eastern Time.

Among the hopeful spectators is Jorge Martínez, who lives outside Dallas, in Mesquite. He plans to “witness history” from home with his wife and his 3-year-old daughter Nati. “Hopefully, she remembers it. She’s excited too,” he told the AP.

Near Ennis, Texas, to the south, the Range Vintage RV complex was also full and sold out more than a year ago.

“I booked it instantly and then I told my wife, ‘We’re going to Texas,’” Chris Lomas said from the resort on Sunday. Even if clouds obscure the event, “it will still get dark. It’s just about sharing the experience with other people,” he said.

Eclipse cartographer Michael Zeiler has seen 11 solar eclipses and in the past changed locations at the last minute to improve the weather.
“We are the complete opposite of tornado chasers, always looking for clear skies,” Zeiler said in an email to the AP over the weekend. This time, he will stay in Fredericksburg, Texas, with his family of 10 clinging to “a considerable glimmer of hope” for good weather.

It is estimated that 31.6 million people, almost triple the number in 2017, live in the path of totality, which is longer and also wider than almost all previous total eclipses, because the Moon is closer to Earth and casts a wider shadow. .

The weather was the hot topic at Buffalo Naval and Military Park on Sunday. By mid-morning on Sunday, volunteer Tom Villa had already greeted tourists from several states, as well as Canada and Brazil.

“They hope tomorrow is like that, of course, but you know, time is time,” he said.

Clouds are forecast for much of the eclipse’s path across the US with possible patches of clear skies in some places, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. The best option to view the eclipse is from northern New England to Canada.

Texas is likely to have the most cloud cover, and severe weather is forecast during eclipse time in some parts.

Cloudy or rainy eclipse watchers can still watch the spectacle online through streams from NASA and others.

Meteorology expert Jay Anderson said the eclipse could be visible from Dallas to Columbus through thin, high clouds. “They’re not the best conditions, but they’re tolerable,” said Anderson, a retired Canadian meteorologist.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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