Sun could be 80 percent obscured during eclipse

Published 5:52 pm Thursday, April 4, 2024

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On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible to fortunate observers in the United States along a narrow band, approximately 115 miles wide, that will cross 15 states from Texas to Maine.

Clearer skies will provide an uninterrupted watching experience, while more clouds make it more likely the event could be obscured. Historically, Texas and more southern regions in the United States have had the best chances of being cloud-free.

Dr. Alvin Diamond, Troy University Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, said Alabama is not in the path of totality.

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“And, those in northwest Alabama will have a better view than those of us in Troy,” Diamond said. “The eclipse will last about two and a half hours from start to finish with the peak being around 2 p.m.”
Diamond said the sun will be about 75 to 80 percent obscured at peak in the Troy area.

“This will be similar to the 2017 eclipse, and the light will slowly decrease over time as the sun becomes more and more obscured,” Diamond said. “Temperatures will also decrease a few degrees. The best area to experience the eclipse will be in an open spot away from large trees or buildings such as a field or pasture, or on a pier in a pond.”