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Differences between 2017 & 2024 solar eclipses

Many remember the solar eclipse back on August, 21st in 2017, but how was that one different than the upcoming eclipse on April 8th.

First, this eclipse for many in CNY, including the city of Syracuse is going to be a total solar eclipse unlike in 2017. The graphic below shows the areas that WILL see totality highlighted, while areas south and east of Syracuse like Manlius, Jamesville, Pompey, Tully Cortland, Ithaca, Utica, Norwich won’t experience totality.

Secondly, the path of totality in this eclipse is going over a much more densely populated part of the United States starting in Texas and ending in Maine. An estimated 31.6 million people are in the path of totality in April compared to about 12 million in 2017.

The path of totality is going to be wider by about 50 miles in April. So instead of about 60 to 70 miles wide back in 2017, the totality path is going to be about 110 to 120 miles wide. This is because the moon is going to be a bit closer to earth making the path wider and last longer where the shadow is casts by the moon. The longest duration of totality in CNY is about 3 minutes and 40 seconds in Watertown and Rochester.

Also, the amount of time that max totality lasts will be about 1 minute and 40 seconds longer than 2017. When totality enters Texas on April 8th it will last almost 4 and a half minutes compared to the longest amount of totality in 2017 was just over 2 and a half minutes in southern Illinois. This is again due to the closer proximity of the moon to the earth.

Lastly, the sun is entering stormier/maximum activity part of it’s magnetic cycle which will give spectators more to see when looking at the sun’s atmosphere on April 8th compared to the solar minimum that was taking place back in 2017.

Now all we need is Mother Nature to be cooperative on the afternoon of April 8th so we can actually see the details of the solar show. Fingers and toes crossed!!

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