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What is an eclipse?

According to NASA, an eclipse takes place when a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun ( On April 8, 2024, the United States will be able to witness the significant phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. This happens when the moon lines up with the earth and blocks the sun's radiant light, which casts a shadow on planet Earth.

The sun is a very large star--about 433,000 miles in radius-- and the moon is about 1080 miles in radius. That's why the path, or the shadow, of the eclipse is smaller and larger in some parts. As the Earth spins, only certain sections of the US and world can see the eclipse at its total shadow, or its partial shadow.

Different parts of the US (and world) will be seeing different versions of the solar eclipse. Throughout Indiana, several cities will have the chance to witness a partial solar eclipse. Bloomington and IUB will be almost directly at the center to totality, allowing for the viewing of a total solar eclipse.