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The Great American Eclipse is a highly anticipated event that will take place on April 8, marking the last total solar eclipse over North America until 2044. During a total solar eclipse, the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow and turning daylight into darkness for a brief period. The path of the eclipse will start on the Mexican Pacific coast and cross over the United States into eastern Canada, offering viewers a chance to witness the event in person. For those unable to travel to a location within the path of totality, there are options to watch live streams of the eclipse, including a 3-hour broadcast hosted by NASA.

Several airlines, including Delta, have arranged special eclipse-viewing flights for passengers to witness the event from the sky. These flights offer a unique opportunity to see the eclipse from a different perspective and are a popular choice for those seeking a memorable experience. Additionally, booking accommodation in cities along the path of totality is advised, as they provide the best angles to observe the totality. Cities within the path of the eclipse, such as San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Buffalo, will experience the eclipse at different times throughout the afternoon, providing a diverse viewing experience for spectators.

Eye safety is paramount during a solar eclipse, as looking directly at the sun can cause serious eye damage. It is recommended to use solar viewing glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard to protect your eyes while observing the eclipse. Additionally, for those interested in photographing the eclipse, attaching a certified solar filter to your camera lens is necessary to capture the event without damaging your eyes or equipment. A new app called Solar Snap offers a filter for smartphones to enhance the photography experience while also ensuring eye protection during the eclipse.

The upcoming 2024 eclipse is anticipated to cover more land and last longer than the 2017 eclipse, with maximum totality lasting nearly four-and-a-half minutes. The path of the 2024 eclipse will span a wider area compared to the previous eclipse, providing a unique opportunity for spectators to witness this rare celestial event. Information on where to obtain free solar eclipse glasses, expert eye protection and viewing tips, and the impact of the eclipse on solar panels is available to help individuals prepare for the Great American Eclipse on April 8. Whether watching from a vantage point on the ground or from a seat in the sky, experiencing a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable moment that should not be missed.

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