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Historic total solar eclipse will cast shadow over parts of US from Texas to Maine on April 8

The April 8 total solar eclipse will be the biggest astronomical event of the year. The eclipse is set to traverse North America, making its way over Mexico, the United States and Canada. Despite the excitement, it’s worth noting that Indians won’t be able to witness this particular eclipse.

When the moon traverses in front of the sun on April 8, parts of North America will be plunged into darkness, marking a rare celestial phenomenon that will not return for decades.The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

In the US, totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and will end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT on April 8, 2024.

On April 8, the eclipse’s path of totality will begin around noon in the Pacific Ocean before hitting the west coast of Mexico and cutting northeast through the United States. It will reach parts of southern Ontario around 3:15 p.m.

Unfortunately, cities including Toronto, London and Kitchener are just shy of the path. In Toronto, residents will see the moon block out 99.8 per cent of the sun, a hair’s width from a total eclipse — but “that makes a big difference,”.

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