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Total Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

Parts of North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse on the afternoon of Monday, April 8, 2024. Total solar eclipses are perhaps nature’s greatest spectacle — and our Smilin V Scout Ranch will be perfectly positioned for the show.

According to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the total eclipse will be over Smilin V between 1:35 pm and 1:40 pm on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Why is Smilin V “perfectly positioned” for the total eclipse?

To get the maximum effect of the eclipse, you must be in the “path of totality.” The path of totality is what astronomers call the swath of the Earth’s surface bathed in deep shadow when the moon completely blocks out the sun. Whoever is within that roughly 124-mile wide band that will curve across the United States from Texas to Maine will enjoy the full impact of the rare event, the likes of which won’t be seen again until 2444. Those even barely outside the path will experience much less of a show because the sun is so bright that even a sliver of direct sunlight will mute the dramatic effects.

  • For this particular eclipse, the band of totality in the U.S. stretches from Texas to Maine.
  • The 2024 eclipse has a maximum totality of 4 minutes and 28 seconds, which will occur in northern Mexico.
  • At Smilin V, we’ll be treated to nearly 4 minutes and 10 seconds of darkness, among the the largest amount of time for any populated area in the world.
  • Click here for a map showing the total eclipse’s path over Texas (map courtesy NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)