First solar eclipse of 2024: Things to do and avoid during the total solar eclipse on April 8. Is it visible in India?

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The first solar eclipse of 2024 will occur on Monday, April 8.

This rare celestial phenomenon will occur when the moon covers the sun.

During the total solar eclipse, a swath of North America will be plunged into a few minutes of darkness.

Tens of millions of people living along a narrow strip from Mexico’s Pacific coast to eastern Canada can simply look up at the sky on Monday to catch a glimpse of day turning to twilight.

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The first solar eclipse of 2024 will not be visible in India.

The next total solar eclipse will occur in 2044.

Here are some things to do and avoid during the total solar eclipse:

– Eclipse glasses or portable viewers are essential to view a solar eclipse and avoid damage to your eyes.

– The only time it is safe to observe a solar eclipse without protective glasses is during totality or the few minutes of complete darkness.

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– People should only use certified eclipse glasses.

– Eclipse glasses are not normal sunglasses.

– Sunglasses, tinted lenses, telescopes or magnifying glasses without filters, and polarizing filters are not safe.

– Avoid fake eclipse glasses

– Sun filters are at least 1000 times darker than even the darkest normal sunglasses.– Those who are traveling, or are far away, will be able to watch the solar eclipse online.

– NASA offers several hours of online streaming on NASA+. It will also be broadcast on NASA TV and the agency’s website, starting at 1 pm EDT, from several cities along the path of totality.

The total solar eclipse can also be viewed on Space.com’s YouTube channel.

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