Why will the solar eclipse on April 8 be a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' for some?

Why will the solar eclipse on April 8 be a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' for some?

It is certainly no secret to you that a solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the moon comes in front of the sun. The latter then completely or partially blocks the image of the Sun from the Earth. A total solar eclipse anywhere on Earth is as rare as it is short-lived, and the entire eclipse can only be observed over a very narrow band. After the 2017 eclipse, in less than a month, fans will be able to enjoy a new solar eclipse.

A new eclipse with a strong trend in North America

On April 8, millions of people will be able to observe a new solar eclipse. In this fifteenth total eclipse of the twenty-first century, the total eclipse will be visible in a narrow strip located in North America, and will pass first through Mexico and the United States and then Canada. It is also the only total eclipse this century that can be seen from all three countries.

The August 2017 solar eclipse (made famous when US President Donald Trump viewed it without glasses) was the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States in the 21st century (the previous one dates back to 1918). It was also called the “Great American Eclipse”, although it was also visible in the evening, in some European countries.

It is a major natural event, to say the least, with a unique opportunity for some to experience a solar eclipse. For example, in Canada, near Quebec, the next solar eclipse is scheduled to occur…in the year 2106. Suffice it to say that for many enthusiasts, it is the opportunity of a lifetime (to observe a solar eclipse) that looms on the horizon next April 8.

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As for Europe, the solar eclipse on April 8 will be seen partly in Norway, Iceland, Ireland, southwestern Great Britain, northwestern Spain and Portugal, but also in the Azores and Canary Islands.

For the record, this entire new solar eclipse will also pass through Wapakoneta, Ohio, home of Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon. In the United States, more than 31 million Americans will be able to enjoy the event from their homes.

Let us remember in passing that viewing a solar eclipse without suitable glasses can cause burns of the cornea and retina, due to the fault of ultraviolet and infrared rays, which then become invisible, but nevertheless very harmful to the eyes.

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