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9 extremely weird facts about the 2024 solar eclipse and more

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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The recent 2024 Solar Eclipse was an awe-inspiring event that left many in a state of wonder.

On the 8th of April, an unlikely duo of the moon and the sun created a breathtaking spectacle in the sky. The moon completely covered the sun, leaving the sky in darkness.

It was a short-lived experience that still lingers in the memories of so many today.

What Makes Eclipse Of The Sun So Special?

Eclipse of the sun happens when the moon is strategically positioned between the sun and the Earth; as a result, the shadow is cast down to Earth.

This event is one of the phenomenal wonders of the sky, but because of its short duration, only a few get to witness it.

As the moon moves across the Earth, it also blocks the sun's rays. This results in a total eclipse when the moon completely covers the sun's light. The most recent example of this phenomenon occurred on Monday.

Did you know that a solar eclipse occurs every three years in different parts of the world but is only visible from the middle of oceans or significant Earth's poles?

However, the 2024 eclipse of the sun was a special one seen in North America, specifically in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.


A group of persons watching a solar eclipse event
Watching an eclipse | Mihai O Coman / Shutterstock


The last total solar eclipse to pass through America was in 2017, but it wasn't as magnificent as the one we recently witnessed. This eclipse was brighter and lasted longer—a whopping 2 hours and 30 minutes!

9 Fun Facts About Eclipse We Bet You Didn't Know About

Let's delve into interesting, fun facts about the eclipse that you will find amazing:

1. The 2024 Eclipse Of The Sun Is The First Total Solar Eclipse In The U.S. After Years 

Prior to the April 2024 eclipse, the most recent total solar eclipse in the United States occurred on August 21, 2017. It traversed the country from Oregon to South Carolina, providing millions of people with a breathtaking view.

However, before that, the last solar eclipse took place in February 1979. Research has confirmed that another solar eclipse will occur on August 23, 2044.

2. The 2024 Eclipse Of The Sun Is The Most Widely Viewed Ever 

With the widespread coverage of the 2024 solar eclipse in newspapers and social media, favorable weather, and the event's date, many people had ample time to plan and prepare for this incredible celestial spectacle.

Numerous parents picked up their children from school and acquired eclipse viewing glasses to watch the incredible event together as it unfolded in the sky.

3. A Total Eclipse Is Safe To Look At 

Observing a solar eclipse without an eclipse glass or solar filter is only safe when the moon's disk fully covers the sun's disk. This is known as totality, and it is the only safe time to view the eclipse directly without any protection.

It is widely acknowledged that the best way to experience totality is without using filters or eclipse viewing glasses.

4. Total Eclipse Only Lasts Up To 5 Minutes 

The moment of totality during a solar eclipse is truly a sight to behold. It lasts for a mere five minutes, but during this time, the most beautiful and surreal view of the eclipse can be seen.

The world around you becomes dark, and you can't help but feel a sense of magic in the air. The sight of the sun's glorious corona during this time is breathtaking. Everything seems to fall into place, creating a perfect and beautiful moment that is almost unbelievable.

5. The End Of Eclipse Of The Sun For the United States 

On April 8th, 2024, at precisely 3:35 p.m., the total solar eclipse departed from the United States and made its way to the eastern part of Littleton, Maine.

Residents of that area were fortunate enough to witness three minutes and twenty seconds of totality, with the sun positioned 35° high at mid-eclipse in the west-southwest direction.

6. Millions Of People Live In The Path Of The Eclipse 

In 2017, a staggering 12.25 million residents were lucky enough to witness the eclipse that passed over the United States.

Fast-forward to 2024, and the path of the eclipse has become even more populous, with 31.5 million people now living along its route. It's incredible that these individuals can simply step outside and observe the awe-inspiring total eclipse of the sun.

7. Nature Respects The Eclipse 

During an eclipse, you might notice some unusual occurrences in the environment around you.

The scenery can seem like that of the night, and shadows may appear different from normal. It's usually quiet, with an unusual drop in temperature, since the sun is being obscured. This is when you realize how much energy the sun provides for the Earth's temperature.

Also read: Star to explode in the sky after historic solar eclipse

8. The Next Eclipse Will Happen In 2024 

Both professional astronomers and amateur stargazers are well aware of the limited lifespan and unpredictability of celestial events like solar eclipses.

While our galaxy is currently visible to the naked eye, we still rely on telescopes to get a closer look. Experts have estimated that the next solar eclipse will take place in 2044, which is roughly two decades away.

9. Eclipse Might Never Happen Again

The sun is much larger than we typically perceive. In fact, it is about 400 times larger than the moon and also 400 times farther away from it. This means both the lunar and solar disks are the same size. However, this will not last forever as the moon gradually moves away from the Earth.

In the future, the moon will appear smaller and smaller until it becomes too small to completely cover the sun's disk. As a result, solar eclipses will no longer occur.

Now, let's wrap up!


The dance of the Earth, moon, and sun has always been mesmerizing. Eclipses serve as a powerful reminder of the wonders of our universe. They have inspired awe since ancient times and continue to intrigue us with their scientific insights. As we await the next opportunity to witness this extraordinary event, let us marvel at the beauty of nature's spectacle and its profound mysteries, reminding us of our place in the vast cosmos.