Michael Hatcher

On April 8th, an extraordinary celestial event captivated skywatchers worldwide as a total solar eclipse unfolded.  Unfortunately, Floridians could only see a glimpse of this awe-inspiring spectacle.

photo by Michael Hatcher

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow that completely obscures the Sun’s disk. This rare occurrence only happens every couple of years, making each event a momentous occasion for astronomers and enthusiasts alike.

Though the eclipse only lasted approximately 4 minutes, proper eye protection was needed to view this cosmic phenomenon safely.

   (Photos by Michael Hatcher)

While Floridians may miss out this time, mark your calendars for 2044 when the next total solar eclipse is predicted to grace American skies.  

To learn more, visit TOTAL ECLIPSE

sourced from NASA
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