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3 things to absolutely know about this Monday's total eclipse

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This Monday, April 8 will not be a day like any other for millions of people. Across much of the North American subcontinent, a total eclipse is expected to sweep across the sky. The Moon will align perfectly with the Sun, bringing night into daylight. The ground temperature will suddenly drop by 5°C while visibility will be significantly reduced.

The eclipse will be observable from 11 a.m.(Pacific Time). It will then cross North America from west to east, reaching Newfoundland at 5 p.m. local time. Or between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. compared to French time. Several live broadcasts are planned, including one by NASA on its YouTube channel.

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Below is a map of the passage of the eclipse. As you can see, France and Europe are among the losers in this matter and Monday should not be very interesting for us. Some neighbors, in Iceland or at the top of Norway, could see the eclipse, but not in the best conditions.

3 things to absolutely know about this Monday's total eclipse

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A rare event&nbsp ;?

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon is positioned right between the Earth and the Sun. It then hides the rays of the Sun. If the alignment is not perfect, it is a partial eclipse, giving sumptuous images of “crescent Sun”.

More exceptionally, our satellite can cover the center of the Sun, causing “annular eclipses”. Although it is not easy to see an eclipse from Earth, this phenomenon is quite common. Scientists estimate that an eclipse occurs every six months.

Immense scientific interest

If the show offered by a total eclipse is immense for the general public, the scientific world is also impatiently awaiting the total eclipse of April 8. She relies on the latter to analyze the Sun in depth. The eclipse provides a privileged observation window for researchers who do not have immense quantities of light to process.

NASA particularly wants to take advantage of this moment particularly for studying the solar corona and its atmosphere. This region, very little known by experts, could contain the secrets of solar eruptions.

When will the next total eclipse take place in France ?< /h2>

As for France, a total eclipse should occur on August 12, 2026. The last similar phenomenon reached France in 1999.

As our satellite orbits the Earth, it moves away by 3.8 hundredths every year. A gap which could lead, in 600 million years, to the end of total eclipses. The Moon would then be too far away from us to completely cover the Sun.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116