Updated Apr 7, 2024 - News

What Virginia will experience during the April 8 eclipse

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

A total solar eclipse is coming April 8.

Why it matters: The U.S. won't be able to see another one again for 20 years.

Zoom in: Virginia isn't in the path of totality, aka when the sun is entirely blocked by the moon, but the Richmond area will see 83% coverage at 3:18 p.m., according to NASA's eclipse explorer tool.

  • The partial eclipse will start at 2:02pm and last until about 4pm.
  • Southwest Virginia and the most Northern parts of the state will see up to 90% coverage.

Columbus, Ohio, is the closest major city in the path of totality, if you're up for a seven-hour road trip to see the sun completely blocked for four minutes.

Fun fact: Richmond saw a near total eclipse, with 98% of the sun blocked, in 1970, reported the Times-Dispatch.

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