Aliquippa, PA – The Beaver Valley is gearing up for a celestial event of a lifetime: the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. The eclipse will be visible in its full glory to those who make the trip to the Line of Totality, according to astronomers.
Residents of Beaver Valley can still witness an interesting partial view of the eclipse, with 98 percent obscuration above Beaver Falls, lasting nearly two-and-a-half hours starting at 2 p.m. on April 8. However, it’s worth noting that there’s a significant difference between 98 percent and 100 percent obscuration when it comes to solar eclipses.
The shift into darkness will be most pronounced for those within the Line of Totality, offering a complete darkening of the sky and a view of the sun’s atmosphere (the Corona). Locations such as Erie, Edinboro, Pymatuning, Meadville, and Northeast Ohio are all within this prime viewing area.
To prepare for the event, the Beaver County Library System will be distributing special solar eclipse eyewear beginning March 4. Additionally, the renamed Kamin Science Center in Pittsburgh’s North Shore will host an eclipse viewing party featuring live stream coverage from Totality areas and other educational programming.
Several events, such as planetarium shows and trivia nights, have been organized by the library system and local astronomy groups to generate excitement and provide opportunities for the community to learn more about the phenomenon of a solar eclipse.
In addition to local events, notable locations in the Path of Totality, such as Erie and Cleveland, are also making preparations for the eclipse. Various institutions are planning eclipse viewing parties, educational programs, and even celestial celebrations, as interest in this rare event continues to grow.
With the next solar eclipse above the U.S. not set to occur until 2044, the upcoming eclipse in 2024 is generating significant buzz, especially given that the Line of Totality covers densely populated areas. As preparations and excitement build up, many are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to witness this natural wonder firsthand.