What to expect during the 2024 total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon that happens when the Moon passes in front of Earth at just the right angle that it completely covers the Sun, leaving places in the path of totality in the dark for a few minutes.

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass over the United States for the first time since 2017, covering places from Texas to Maine, including right over Bloomington, Indiana.

According to NASA, after the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, the next total solar eclipse that can be seen from the contiguous United States will be on Aug. 23, 2044.

The moon will start to cover the sun starting at 1:49 p.m. Bloomington will enter totality, or the moment when the moon completely covers the sun, at 3:04 p.m. and it will last for four minutes and two seconds. The sun will go completely uncovered at 4:26 p.m.