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Exactly two years from today, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, plunging tens of millions of people into the stunning darkness known as totality, when the moon passes in front of the sun, completely blocking its rays. 

This eclipse, which will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, will pass over Mexico, across the U.S. and through Canada, and will mesmerize even more people than the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse. That blockbuster event had a nearly 70-mile-wide (opens in new tab) (113 kilometers) path of totality that passed from Oregon to South Carolina, where 12.25 million people lived. In contrast, the 2024 total solar eclipse’s 115-mile-wide (185 km) path of totality in the U.S. will pass from Texas through Maine and wow a region where 31.5 million people live, according to Kelly Korreck, head of science operations and project manager for the Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons at NASA.

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