On April 8, 2024, all residents of Cleveland, Ohio, will have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. At 3:15 p.m. on April 8, there will be nearly four minutes of darkness in the middle of the afternoon as the moon moves between the Earth and the sun.
The total eclipse will start at 1:59 p.m. and end at 4:29 p.m., and maximum viewing will occur at 3:15 p.m.
This phenomenon won’t occur again in Cleveland until the year 2444, so you don’t want to miss it. However, you must view solar eclipses with caution. You should never look directly at the sun, and you should not view an eclipse without special solar-viewing glasses or “eclipse glasses.”
Great American Eclipse, NASA . Available at: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/future-eclipses/eclipse-2024/where-when/
What Happens During a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, covering the face of the sun. This celestial phenomenon occurs two to four times a year.
However, on April 8, 2024, Cleveland will experience a total solar eclipse. Total solar eclipses can only be viewed from areas in the path of totality, which is the narrow track of the moon’s shadow along the Earth. This path is usually 1,000 miles long but only 100 miles wide. In 2024, Cleveland will be in the path of totality and experience nearly four minutes of darkness.
How to View the Cleveland Solar Eclipse Safely
It is never safe to look directly at the sun without solar-viewing glasses. The only time you can view a solar eclipse without specialized eye protection is during the brief total phase of a total solar eclipse when the moon completely blocks the sun. In 2024, this brief total phase will last three minutes and 50 seconds.
To view a solar eclipse safely, you must look through solar-viewing glasses (eclipse glasses) or a handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are not regular sunglasses. Even the darkest sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun.
Looking at a solar eclipse through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device is not safe and can cause instant, serious eye injury.
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