Updated Apr 7, 2024 - News

See the total solar eclipse pathway in Louisiana

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

The total solar eclipse is coming April 8, and we'll get a decent view of it here in southeast Louisiana.

Why it matters: It's really cool! Plus, it'll be another 20 years before the U.S. gets another good look at an eclipse, according to a Washington Post map.

The big picture: The path of totality (or, the places that will get the most covered-up view of the sun) stretches kind of like a beauty queen sash across the U.S. from southwestern Texas to Maine.

  • That's led to a lot of travel plans as people angle for the best view, with Texas cities as favorite destinations.
  • In New Orleans, we'll see about 82% of the sun covered by the moon, NASA says. But the farther northwest in the state you go, the better that view will be.

Yes, but: You really shouldn't look at the eclipse without some proper eye protection.

What's next: If you can wait until 2052, you won't have to go anywhere to see a total solar eclipse pass right over New Orleans, according to the Washington Post map.

Go deeper for more on the proper eyewear

Editor's note: This story was updated on April 5 with NASA's estimate of 82% totality in New Orleans.

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