Despite the clouds, many still spot the solar eclipse

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The 2024 solar eclipse has come and gone from the Philadelphia region, and your view of the phenomenon depended on whether the clouds would cooperate.
Paul Rabe says he witnessed his first solar eclipse when he was an 11-year-old in 1965.
While it wasn’t a total eclipse, our area still saw about 90% coverage.
The last time there was a total solar eclipse in the Philadelphia area was in 1478, said Dr. Harry Augensen, the professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Widener University.
After the total solar eclipse ends, it’s a bit of a wait for the next such celestial sightings in the United States.
Those living in Alaska will catch a glimpse of a total solar eclipse on March 30, 2033, and a partial solar eclipse will shine over most of the US during that event.
A total solar eclipse won’t be visible again from the contiguous US until August 22, 2044, but totality will only occur over North Dakota and Montana, plus northern Canada.
However, the next total solar eclipse with a coast-to-coast path spanning the Lower 48 states will occur on August 12, 2045.


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia area saw the solar eclipse of 2024, but how you saw it depended on the cooperation of the clouds.

Just as we reached maximum coverage, the clouds grew thicker at the Franklin Institute in Center City, Philadelphia.

But those gathered there were able to see a glimpse of the unusual event thanks to a few fleeting breaks in the clouds.

In fact, there were so many people who arrived that the supply of eclipse viewing glasses ran out early.

Meteorologist Adam Joseph had the best view of the eclipse out of all the Action News team members!

He was in Plattsburgh, New York, which was in the path of totality, which means that the moon completely obscured the sun.

Adam told of witnessing a full circle “sunset,” planets emerging in the twilight, and a “diamond ring” formation as the moon began to move.

When the clouds parted and the sun and moon, mainly, lined up together, the crowd at West Chester University cheered. Action News was there to capture the moment.

People swarmed onto South Campus’s lawn to congregate and gaze up at the heavens.

“It’s impressive to witness the unity on campus,” WCU junior Justin Duffie said.

Paul Rabe claims that in 1965, at the age of eleven, he saw his first solar eclipse.

“I simply enjoyed gazing up at the sky,” she remarked. From the beginning of time, I have always loved stars and meteors.

Our area saw about 90% coverage, though it wasn’t a total eclipse.

At 2:08 PM, the partial eclipse started. me. the eclipse reached its peak at 3:23 p.m. M. concluded at 4:35 p.m. me.

The infrequent occurrence provided Wayne Elementary School in Radnor with a chance to bond.

“We thought that this would be a fantastic opportunity for the kids to come outside and experience something they would be talking about the rest of their lives,” said Asst. Jon Smercky, Principal.

The children saw the celestial phenomenon in spite of some clouds, and they described it as only elementary school children could.

It has a bite extracted from it, akin to a cookie. Aina, a fifth grader, remarked, “Like a little one.”.

Fifth grader Jack said, “It’s kind of like the sun is a cookie, and the moon is taking a bite out of it.”.

At Rowan University, the cheers turned to boos as clouds began to fill the sky.

Cole Evans, who attends the Glassboro campus, said, “It’s kind of a letdown, but we’re still out here having a good time.”.

Amy Barraclough, director of the planetarium, led the students through the unusual occasion.

According to Barraclough, “we were observing sun spots, filaments, and other objects with our telescopes aimed toward the sun.”. From two to roughly three o’clock this afternoon, we were able to witness the first half of the eclipse. “.”.

People in Philadelphia also flocked to Philadelphia’s Belmont Plateau to see the eclipse.

Despite the fact that clouds blocked the view during the moment of maximum coverage, the crowd was still able to witness the moon crossing over the sun during the eclipse.

It was somewhat difficult to see because of the clouds obstructing the view. However, it was worthwhile because we were able to see a glimpse of it “said Lansdowne resident Samantha Cherisca.

The eclipse produced a celestial spectacle in the skies over the United States, as well as portions of Mexico and Canada, after a nearly seven-year wait.

From Texas to Maine, the path of totality traversed parts of fifteen states and measured roughly 115 miles in width.

32 million people are thought to reside in the US’s path of totality, or the places where the moon will spend a brief period of time completely obscuring the sun’s face.

According to Dr. Harry Augensen, an emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at Widener University, the last total solar eclipse that occurred in the Philadelphia region occurred in 1478.

When is the next eclipse scheduled to happen?

The next such astronomical sightings in the United States will be some time after the total solar eclipse ends.

On March 30, 2033, a partial solar eclipse will pass over the majority of the US, providing Alaskans with a glimpse of a total solar eclipse.

Not until August 22, 2044, will a total solar eclipse be visible from the contiguous US; however, it will only happen over North Dakota, Montana, and northern Canada.

On August 12, 2045, a total solar eclipse that crosses the Lower 48 states from coast to coast will happen next. California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida will be in the path of totality, with a partial eclipse visible in other states.

This post was written with assistance from CNN.

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