Total Solar Eclipse 2024: NASA To Host Live Coverage Of The Eclipse - Date, Time And More

NASA announces live coverage of the rare Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. Here's when and how you can watch this year's solar eclipse live from anywhere.
Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse will occur on April 8 this year. (Representative Image)

A rare celestial event, a total solar eclipse (or Surya Grahan), is gracing the skies on April 8, 2024. Confirmed by NASA, the eclipse's path will sweep across parts of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. While totality, the complete blackout of the sun by the moon, will only be visible from a specific region, a partial eclipse will be observable across a wider area.

Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Live Coverage Details

Starting at 1:00 PM EDT (10:30 PM IST) on April 8, NASA will host live coverage of the eclipse. Their broadcast will feature live views from across North America, including special appearances by NASA experts, astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and an inside look at NASA's eclipse science experiments and watch parties happening across the country. The three-hour broadcast will showcase live locations across the nation, including NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio, the only centre located within the path of totality.
Viewers can access the NASA broadcast on NASA+, NASA TV, and the agency's website.
For Spanish speakers, NASA will host a separate watch party on YouTube starting at 1:30 PM EDT.
Additionally, NASA will provide a no-commentary, telescope-only feed of the eclipse on NASA Television's media channel and YouTube, starting at 1:00 PM EDT and running for three hours. This feed will incorporate views from multiple locations, switching based on weather, the eclipse's progress, and feed availability.

Total Solar Eclipse 2024: Date and Time

The astronomical marvel kicks off on April 8 at 11:07 AM PDT (11:37 PM IST) with Mexico’s Pacific coast being the first location in continental North America to experience totality. The total eclipse itself, where the moon completely covers the sun, will only last for a few breathtaking minutes within the path of totality.

Safety First: Observing Responsibly

Looking directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, is incredibly dangerous and can cause permanent eye damage. If you're fortunate enough to be within the path of totality, where the sun will be entirely blocked for a brief period, you can safely remove specialised solar filters to witness the sun's corona, its outer atmosphere. However, for the entire duration outside the path of totality, safe viewing requires certified eye protection.
Never attempt to view the eclipse with the naked eye, binoculars, a telescope, or a camera without a proper solar filter. These filters must be specifically designed for solar viewing and meet international safety standards.
So, mark your calendars and prepare to witness this awe-inspiring astronomical phenomenon! If you're lucky enough to be within the path of totality, remember to prioritise safety and use certified solar filters for viewing. For everyone else, NASA's live coverage ensures you won't miss out on this celestial event.
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