Everything You Need to Know about Monday’s Eclipse on the South Shore

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April 5, 2024 By Meteorologist Michael Page

After months of anticipation, the total solar eclipse finally happens on Monday April 8. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect on the South Shore.

What is a total solar eclipse?

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth, totally blocking the sun from view.

Where will the solar eclipse happen?

Totality–meaning the sun is completely blocked by the moon–will occur in a strip of America stretching from Texas through Indiana, up into parts of Western New York, and into Northern Vermont. That includes Burlington.

Totality will last just 3-4 minutes in these areas.

This is the last total eclipse in the contiguous United States until 2044.

What will we see on the South Shore?

Around Greater Boston, and on the South Shore, we will see a partial eclipse. That means the sun will partially be blocked by the moon. It will look like there’s a bite out of the sun.

Unlike in areas of totality, it will never go totally dark in places like Hingham or Cohasset. Instead, the sun will just be dimmed.

When does the eclipse happen?

The partial eclipse will begin around 2:15 PM on Monday in Hingham.

The eclipse will reach its maximum locally around 3:30 PM, when about 92% of the sun is covered by the moon.

The sun will return to normal appearance around 4:30 PM.

What will the weather be like?

An eclipse can be ruined by a few ill-timed clouds, but fortunately our local weather should cooperate for the event.

Expect temperatures near 60 on Monday, with a good deal of clear skies.

How should you prepare?

The single most important thing to remember is that it is never safe to look directly at the sun without protection.

You need special solar glasses to view the eclipse; normal sunglasses will not be safe.

When you put your solar glasses on inside, you shouldn’t be able to see much of anything.

This is a great example of science in action–enjoy the show!

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