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Happy Monday! Congrats to our women's March Madness challenge winner Andrew Roth!

🌤️ Today's weather: Partly sunny with a high near 75.

🎧 Sounds like: "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden

🖊️ Situational awareness: This is the last day to register to vote in time for the May primary!

Today's newsletter is 943 words — a 3.5-minute read. Edited by Lindsey Erdody and copy edited by Bill Kole.

1 big thing: Your guide to viewing the eclipse

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Indianapolis takes center stage today as one of the best places in the nation to enjoy roughly 4 minutes of darkness.

Why it matters: The next time Indy will be in the path of totality is the year 2153, making today a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

How it works: A partial eclipse will begin in Indianapolis at 1:50pm.

  • Totality in Indianapolis will begin at 3:06pm and last for roughly 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
  • At 4:23pm, the partial eclipse will end.

Here are a few tips to take your eclipse viewing experience to the next level.

😎 Don't look at the sun: Even when partly or mostly covered by the moon, don't even think about it unless using eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector.

  • NASA says even a quick peek can do significant damage to your eyesight.

📱 Protect your phone: If you want to take a picture, Butler University professor Brian Murphy says putting eclipse glasses in front of the camera and zooming in will dim things enough during the partial phases to get a photo.

  • "During totality … don't use the eclipse glasses at all because the sun's surface isn't visible," Murphy told WTHR. "You can zoom in (and) get the corona then. But also I would do a panorama and get the whole view of the sky to see what's visible."

🎅🏻 Dress like it's Christmas in April: Wearing red and green will create a phenomenon called the Purkinje effect, which describes how we recognize colors in low light, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • The complementary colors should work in tandem to enhance the changes seen in saturation when looking at your surroundings.
  • Avoid wearing colors like white, black or gray.

📬 Hit reply to this email and tell us about your eclipse experience!

Read on for a tip from Bill Nye the science guy

2. Purdue’s NCAA national championship opportunity

One more win. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Purdue Boilermakers are back in the March Madness main event.

Why it matters: Purdue hasn't made it to the final game of the men's NCAA Tournament in more than five decades, and the team has never won it all.

What they're saying: "This is what we've been talking about all year. The reason I came back is to play in games like these,'' Purdue center Zach Edey said. "To finally get to this game is big time … these are the games you play for and you work and practice every day for."

State of play: The No. 1 seed Boilermakers beat NC State 63-50 Saturday in a defensive Final Four matchup to advance to tonight's national championship game against No. 1 seed UConn — the defending NCAA champions.

  • Edey, who continues to stack player of the year accolades, led the team with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
  • UConn trounced Alabama 86-72 to reach the title game, continuing a dominant run that has seen the Huskies beat all of their March Madness opponents by double digits.

Flashback: The Purdue men's first and last NCAA title game was in 1969 when they lost 92-72 to a UCLA Bruins team coached by Purdue legend John Wooden.

How to watch

3. Pit stop: Caitlin Clark incoming?

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🏀 The Indiana Fever will host a 2024 WNBA Draft watch party for the entire city as they prepare to make the first pick, which is widely expected to be Iowa star Caitlin Clark.

  • The watch party starts at 5:30pm April 15 at Bicentennial Unity Plaza outside Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (FOX59)

🧑‍⚖️ The Indiana Supreme Court has announced a new commission to address the state's attorney shortage. According to an order from chief justice Loretta Rush, nearly all of Indiana's 92 counties have fewer lawyers per capita than the national average. (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

🎰 Indiana's newest casino opened in Terre Haute on Friday, featuring 1,000 slot games, 50 electronic table games and 30 table games. (IBJ)

4. 🔥 Meatless Monday: These tacos are fire

The MoFaux. Photo: Arika Herron/Axios

👋 Arika here, with tacos good enough to get me not just out of downtown, but all the way to HamCo.

Where to eat: Torchy's Tacos.

  • The Austin-based fast-casual chain opened its Fishers store in 2022 — its second in the state after opening in Jeffersonville a year earlier.
  • Known for breakfast tacos, bold flavors and rotating taco-of-the-month, Torchy's bills its food as "damn good" — and they're not wrong.

What to order: The breakfast tacos offer several vegetarian options, but they just made me miss the mind-blowingly good breakfast tacos I had during a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas, last summer.

  • For me, Torchy's specialty tacos are where the restaurant really shines.
  • My favorite was the MoFaux ($6.25), which overstuffs a corn tortilla with "cowboy-style" fake beef crumbles, green chiles, grilled corn, peppadew peppers, avocado and cilantro. Don't forget to drizzle on the diablo sauce that comes on the side!
  • The fried avocado ($5) is also good, paired with refried beans, pico, lettuce, shredded cheddar jack and a creamy poblano sauce.

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5. 1 poem to go

Linda Neal Reising was inspired by the 2017 eclipse. Photos: Courtesy of Indiana Humanities and Kyle Green/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Linda Neal Reising, a writer and poet from New Harmony, was chosen by Indiana Humanities as the official poet for today's eclipse.

Here's an excerpt of her winning poem, inspired by her experience observing the 2017 eclipse:

It is not observing orb-weaving spiders

dismantling their webs, stowing them

like returned sailors' rigging.

It is not to keep a date with Venus,

spreading her goddess glow, outshining

the stars, startled by their daytime awakening.

It is not to share the wealth of Bailey's

beads, strung around the Moon or the golden

corona crowning the royal Sun.

No, we gather for that moment, after totality's

darkness, when we stand, faces upturned,

waiting for that brilliant flash of promise,

and we think, Ah, yes, this is the way it will be.

Go deeper: Read the full poem and others

Our picks:

😎 Arika will be watching the eclipse from White River State Park. Say hi if you're there, too!

🎤 Justin is waiting for the Kendrick Lamar response after J. Cole's surprise album drop and diss track took over the weekend.

🏀 Lindsey thinks with Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese declaring for the draft, the WNBA is going to be a lot of fun to watch next season.