Millions of people from Texas to Maine will watch the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. This incredible phenomenon will sweep across America, blocking the sun for a few moments starting in Mexico at roughly 12 or 1 PM Central Time (11:07 AM PDT.)


This is a rare event because a total solar eclipse doesn't happen all the time. In fact, the last one seen by Americans occurred in 2017. Before that, the last total eclipse took place in 1979!

Monday's phenomenon will span from Texas to the East Coast, traveling 115 miles wide and 250 miles long. If the weather is good, millions of Americans will get a chance to experience this special event. By the way, scientists suggest the next time America will see another will be in 2044!


It is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun's rays entirely. When this happens for a few minutes, we get to see what it's like not to have the sun. The sky will go dark, causing a domino effect of other cool occurrences. Plants will supposedly drink less water, birds may not be as active, and solar panels and street lights may flicker due to the darkness.

It is also possible that satellites in space and space stations can experience momentarily malfunctions as well. That is because they use solar energy from the sun for power.

Other cool phenomena to look for are a comet, which scientists say only orbits the sun every 71 years, stars, and even other planets like Venus, which is said to be the brightest object in the sky. Watchers may also be able to point out Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Mercury may also be visible to sky-watchers but less vivid.

Hopefully, Southwest Louisiana skies will be clear enough for all to see. Enjoy everyone!