The Moon and the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

  • Released Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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On April 8th, 2024 parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada will get to experience a total solar eclipse. This video tutorial takes a look at this unique event and explains what role the Moon plays in creating it. The video explains how the two parts of the Moon’s shadow, the umbra and penumbra, affect how we see a solar eclipse on Earth, and where the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse resides. In addition, this video highlights how data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter helps us more accurately depict the shape of the umbra when creating eclipse maps.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Music provided by Universal Production Music: "On the Up" - David Stephen Westlake

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This page was originally published on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 3:31 PM EST.