Two very important dates regarding the sky are coming up that you should mark on your calendar. The first date is Saturday October 14th, 2023, that is when the next annual solar eclipse is to occur. The other important date is Monday April 8th 2024, when North America will see a total solar eclipse.

Montana Will Have a View of the Annual Solar Eclipse

The path of the annual solar eclipse will be visible in Montana. Depending on where you are in the state, according to NASA, you will be able to see anywhere from 50% to almost 80% of the eclipse. The annual solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the moon, but it is when the earth is further away from the sun so the moon appears smaller and doesn't fully block out the sun.

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You Will Have to Travel to See the Total Solar Eclipse in It's Entirety

North America will see a total solar eclipse in April, 2024. According to NASA this is what you can expect from a total solar eclipse:

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People located in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk.

Credit: NASA
Credit: NASA


The Best Places to See the Total Solar Eclipse

Montana will only get to see a small portion of the total solar eclipse in 2024. If you want to see it in it's entirety you will need to travel. People are already making reservations to be in the path of the eclipse for the best viewing. Here are the top 4 best places to witness the eclipse.

1. Dallas, Texas- Dallas and Fort Worth Texas are used to having a lot of people visit, so there should be hotel rooms available this early. It also shouldn't be too hot in the beginning of April.

2. Indianapolis, Indiana- Indianapolis is a great city. It is another city that is used to hosting a lot of people for example the "Indianapolis 500", is one of the biggest sporting events in the nation.

3. Cleveland, Ohio- Cleveland rocks! You can plan on seeing the total solar eclipse and then visit the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. Buffalo, New York- Buffalo on the coast of Lake Erie and very close to Niagara Falls. After seeing the eclipse maybe take a quick trip into Toronto, Canada and visit the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame.

If you are planning on traveling for the total solar eclipse you should make travel arrangements soon and don't forget to pack your special sunglasses to view the event.

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