The 2024 solar eclipse will cover most of Ohio in darkness

The moon almost eclipses the sun during a near total solar eclipse as seen from Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — If you didn’t get a chance to see the Great American Eclipse that swept across the country Monday, then mark your calendars for Monday, April 8, 2024.

That will be the next big total solar eclipse to hit North America. Totality will start in Mexico and then sweet across Texas to Maine in a diagonal.

Ohio is in the path of totality this time around. Parts of northern Columbus will see total darkness as will the entire cities of Dayton, Springfield, Delaware, Mansfield, Akron, Toledo, and Cleveland between 3:00pm and 3:15pm. It will also have peaks of darkness lasting 4½ minutes, nearly twice as long as Monday’s eclipse.

Surrounding areas of Ohio will also experience a partial eclipse similar to the one seen today.

After that, another total solar eclipse will occur in 2045 stretching from California to Florida. This one will block out the sun for over 6 minutes, which will make it the longest total solar eclipse experienced anywhere in the world until 2114.

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