San Diego Will Enjoy the Best View of the 2024 Solar Eclipse in California

San Diego residents will have the best view of the 2024 solar eclipse in the state.

While the sun will not entirely hide on the West Coast, we in San Diego will see 60 to 65% of the eclipse, making it the finest site in California to observe it.

The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, will be visible across North America.

In the United States, visibility will begin in Texas and go northeast through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Unlike previous years, the 2024 solar eclipse will be partially viewable in all 48 contiguous states.

Visibility in Northern California will be around 30%, increasing as you travel south. San Franciscans will witness around 45% of the eclipse, while Los Angeles residents will see about 57%.

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On Monday, April 8, the complete eclipse will begin at approximately 11:07 a.m. PDT along Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The solar eclipse will be seen in San Diego beginning about 10:03 a.m. The eclipse, as seen in this portion of the United States, will peak at 11:11 a.m. and terminate at 12:23 p.m.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between the sun and the earth, completely shutting out the sun in its direct path for people, according to NASA.

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In some places of the country where full totality is expected, hotel rooms have been selling like hotcakes since early last year, such as in Erie, Pennsylvania, a town of just under 100,000, where officials hope the national focus will help increase long-term tourism.

One Texas county has even declared a state of emergency in preparation for the predicted influx of total solar eclipse observers. Officials estimate Bell County’s population of 400,000 to quadruple, if not triple, in the days running up to the eclipse.

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It is never safe to look straight at the sun. Therefore, use special viewing glasses if you intend to glance up. It’s also crucial to understand that you can’t photograph the solar eclipse with your phone or camera since the sunlight can damage your camera lens without the proper equipment.

After the April 2024 solar eclipse, NASA estimates the next one visible from the entire United States will not occur until August 23, 2044.

The last total solar eclipse we experienced in the United States was in August 2017 (yep, seven years ago), with visibility at 60% in San Diego.

Eclipses provide scientists with numerous insights. NASA believes scientists can use a total solar eclipse to examine the sun’s outer atmosphere or corona. Eclipses can also help us discover exoplanets orbiting stars in other planetary systems.

The 2024 total solar eclipse is part of NASA’s Heliophysics Big Year, a worldwide celebration of solar research and the sun’s impact on Earth and the rest of the solar system.

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