Monday, April 01, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse Part III: How Often in Northern Ohio?

The last Total Solar Eclipse to pass over northern Ohio was in 1806. Thomas Jefferson was President. Here are the next TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSES with the PATH OF TOTALITY to cross northern Ohio

There are only 5 in the next 2000 years!

What are the types of solar eclipses? (descriptions and images courtesy NASA)


A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth blocking the face of the Sun. If a location is in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth they will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.


An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but when it's at or near its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the Sun. As a result, the Moon appears as a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk, creating what looks like a ring around the Moon. 


Because Earth's surface is curved, sometimes an eclipse can shift between annular and total as the Moon’s shadow moves across the globe. 

Here are two great videos from NASA on Total Solar Eclipses:

Here are some nice eclipse tools from NASA:

Total Eclipse Explorer - Interactive

Total Solar Eclipse Viewer