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Weather Mostly Cooperates for Eclipse Watchers in the U.S.

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After years of anticipation, the total solar eclipse of 2024 is now in the rearview mirror. Millions of Americans were in the path of totality for the April 8 event. But did the weather cooperate?

Here is a look back at the stunning show put on by Mother Nature.

Path of Totality Cuts from Mexico and Up Through Canada, Thrilling Millions Along the Way

Mazatlan, Mexico was the first major city to experience the total solar eclipse, enjoying the big event at 11:07 am PT. The eclipse then cut a path through Texas before sweeping through portions of the Midwest and up into the Northeast and New England.

The path in North America ended at 5:16 pm local time along the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada. There were several large metropolitan areas in the path, including San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Syracuse.

The length of the eclipse varied depending on location. According to officials with NASA, those lucky enough to be closest to the middle of the path experienced a moment of totality that lasted as long as four minutes. Those outside of the path of totality still saw some degree of eclipse with the moon taking a smaller bite out of the sun during the event.

There was only one NASA facility located with the path of totality. The NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland attracted hordes of onlookers, including NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves.


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