Apr 3, 2024 - News

What Coloradans can expect during the April 8 solar eclipse

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis

The Centennial State isn't along the path of totality for the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on April 8 β€” but even Coloradans who aren't flocking to other cities for the solar spectacle are still in for a show.

By the numbers: Around 65% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon for the eyes of Denver residents β€” with the eclipse starting around 11:30am and peaking at 12:40pm, per NASA.

  • The Colorado towns with the highest percentage of the Sun to be eclipsed will be in the southeastern corner of the state β€” including Springfield in Baca County, where about 77% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon.

Flashback: Colorado also wasn't within the path of totality during the 2017 eclipse, but it was easier to observe the eclipse because it passed through Wyoming.

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024, eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The big picture: Texas appears to be this year's prime eclipse destination β€” specifically Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes, per AAA booking data.

  • Indianapolis, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York are also among the top eclipse-viewing cities.

πŸ•ΆοΈ If you look up: Be sure you're wearing eclipse glasses or you could damage your eyes.

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