Hey, Space Placers!

The April 8, 2024, solar eclipse will be visible in the entire contiguous United States, weather permitting. People along the path of totality stretching from Texas to Maine will have the chance to see a total solar eclipse; outside this path, a partial solar eclipse will be visible.

Credits: NASA

I’ll be hitting the road shortly to travel to Texas for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. Ironically weather prospects aren’t that great for Texas (and many other totality spots) but there are several life long “wish I could visit there” places that will make this a great roadtrip.

Here are some tips to photograph the eclipse – you have to follow the safety protocols – with your smartphone and camera.

Last up is an app that can help you with the solar eclipse.

Eclipse Info in Your Pocket – From the American Astronomical Society (AAS)

The AAS (Sky & Telescope’s publisher), Big Kid Science, and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have teamed up to produce version 4.0 of the Totality app, which is free for iOS and Android smartphones. Features include interactive maps and detailed eclipse circumstances for all total solar eclipses from 2024 to 2030 as well as useful information on eye safety and on how and why eclipses occur. In addition, the app taps into your phone’s GPS not only to show what you can see at your current location, but also to advise you on the nearest location where you can witness totality — and give you driving directions. It’s also ad-free, for a seamless and enjoyable eclipse-exploring experience. You can learn more about Totality and other eclipse apps on Sky & Telescope’s website.

Remember, your overall safety if you are traveling and eye safety is job one during the eclipse.

Enjoy this grand spectacle of nature…if you are experiencing totality for the first time, the first question you will want to know when you have been in the Moon’s shadow is, “WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE!”

Sky Guy in VA 

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