Apr 2, 2024 - News

What North Carolina will experience 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/Axios Visuals

North Carolina isn't on the path for a total eclipse on April 8 — but the Triangle will still experience the effects of a partial eclipse that day.

What to expect: Around 79% of the sun will be obscured by the moon for the eyes of Triangle residents, per NASA — with the eclipse starting around 2pm and peaking at 3:15pm.

  • The North Carolina town with the highest percentage (88.5%) of the sun to be eclipsed is Tapoco in Graham County, along the Tennessee border, according to Eclipse2024.org.

Flashback: The 2017 eclipse just skirted North Carolina, with towns like Sylva and a small sliver of the mountains in the path of totality.

  • The rest of the state still experienced significant coverage, with the sun getting more than 90% obscured from the Triangle's vantage point. .

Be smart: If you're going to look up at the eclipse, make sure you have eclipse glasses or you could damage your eyes.

The intrigue: Total solar eclipses are rare. There have been just 16 in the U.S. since 1869.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that about 79% of the sun will be obscured by the moon in the Triangle on Monday, per NASA, not 83%.

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