Apr 5, 2024 - News

What Minnesotans 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

Minnesota isn't along the path of totality for the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on April 8 β€” but even those who aren't hitting the road for a better view might be able to get a peek.

By the numbers: Around 74% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon for the eyes of Twin Cities residents β€” with the eclipse starting around 12:50 pm and peaking around 2pm, per NASA.

  • Those in the southeast corner of the state could see closer to the full thing. In the area surrounding La Crosse, Wisconsin, about 82% of the Sun will be blocked.

Yes, but: The forecast suggests that cloud cover could obscure what view Minnesotans could get, the Star Tribune reported Friday.

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.

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