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  • Writer's pictureJayson Toney

Arkansas Prepares for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will pass over North America. The path of the 2024 total solar eclipse passes directly over Arkansas, with the northern limit being just south of Fort Smith. 

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, entirely covering the Sun's surface. When observing a total solar eclipse, make sure to wear appropriate protective glasses. Visit a local Fort Smith Public Library to receive a free pair of eclipse glasses. 

The total solar eclipse will reach Arkansas around 1:45 p.m. and will have a maximum duration of 4 minutes and 18 seconds. The path of totality will cross nearly two-thirds of Arkansas. According to NASA, a total solar eclipse won’t pass over Arkansas again until 2045. 

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is preparing for potential traffic problems. Be prepared for higher-than-normal amounts of traffic leading up to, during, and after the eclipse. 

If you’re looking to celebrate with fellow Arkansans, there are several nearby places hosting special events leading up to the total solar eclipse. Festivals will be held in Hot Springs, Clarksville, Mena, Russellville, Jessieville, and many more. The University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College in Conway will also both be hosting watch parties.

Arkansas has established itself as the ideal location for observing the total solar eclipse in 2024. For more than a year, numerous cities have been getting ready for substantial tourist arrivals. The natural state will be an excellent location to witness one of nature's greatest sights.

Source: NASA


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