Great North American Eclipse of 2024

On April 8, 2024, North America along with parts of the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean experienced a total solar eclipse.

The eclipse began over the Pacific Ocean with the Moon’s shadow crossing into North America over the state of Sinaloa in Mexico. It then tracked northeast into the United States over Texas. From there, it moved over the Midwest and Northeast US, crossing into Eastern Canada and the Canadian Maritimes before ending over the North Atlantic Ocean.

In a total solar eclipse, the Moon passes directly in between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth. To observers in the path of totality, the Moon appears to completely block out the Sun, with only the Sun’s corona being visible, causing the sky to darken significantly for several minutes.

The next total solar eclipse to occur over the continental US will happen in August 2044.

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Contributions by: Josh Reiter, Dakota Smith and Kim Erickson

Satellite imagery of this event:

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NOAA-20 Catches Eclipse Totality

Description:

NOAA-20 captured a spectacular view of the eclipse over the United States.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: NOAA-20

Product: Day Land Cloud

Instrument: VIIRS

True Color View of Moon's Shadow Over Southern US

Description:

A true color view of the moon’s shadow over the southern US.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: NOAA-20

Instrument: VIIRS

Eclipse Has Crossed the US

Description:

The Great North American Eclipse has ended for the United States.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

The Great North American Eclipse Has Reached the US

Description:

The eclipse has arrived in the United States! Folks in Texas are the first to see totality.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Moon's Journey Across North America

Description:

The Moon’s shadow as it crosses the continent


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Moon's Shadow Followed by Severe Weather in Texas

Description:

No infrared band


Phenomena: Lightning Sun & Moon Eclipses Thunderstorms Hail

Satellite: GOES-16 GOES-18

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Solar Eclipse and Severe Storms Over Texas

Description:

Low-level clouds over Texas dissipated as the moon’s shadow passed over yesterday, quickly building again once the sun returned. An unstable environment that afternoon lead to severe thunderstorms initiating after the eclipse, lasting into the night.


Phenomena: Lightning Sun & Moon Eclipses Thunderstorms Hail

Satellite: GOES-16 GOES-18

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI GLM

The Great North American Eclipse is Underway

Description:

Totality reaches North America as the eclipse is well underway!


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Total Solar Eclipse Over the US from Polar-Orbiting Satellites

Description:

In yet another fascinating view of the solar eclipse traversing North America, this blended image of the continent shows the moon’s shadow as seen from polar-orbiting satellites on Monday.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day Land Cloud

Instrument: VIIRS

Incredible, Complete View of Great North American Eclipse

Description:

The complete, incredible view of the Great North American Eclipse of 2024. A spectacular view of a breathtaking event.


Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Full Total Solar Eclipse Seen From GOES-18

Description:

GOES-18 was also able to capture nearly the full extent of the eclipse as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean and North America.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Moon's Umbra Shadow Emerges Over the Pacific Ocean

Description:

It has begun! The moon’s umbra shadow has emerged over the Pacific Ocean, and will be making its way to North America very soon.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

New Eclipse Overlays on Imagery Viewer to Track Cloud Coverage During Eclipse

Description:

New eclipse overlays are available on our imagery viewer, SLIDER. Check out this incredibly useful tool, here: col.st/P33HR.
Shape files made available by NASA SVS.


Phenomena: Sun & Moon Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI