Last total solar eclipse in the next 20 years in the US will be in less than a week

Eclipse mania is approaching fever pitch as people with the best-laid plans — and those who haven’t yet, too — strategize how to get in the path of totality for a clear view of the celestial event on April 8.

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For some, plans about where to fly, drive and stay to catch a glimpse of the last total solar eclipse in the United States until 2044 have been in place for months or even years.

For others, the concept that this event is a must-see may be just beginning to emerge. People are scrambling – given rising costs and climate concerns – to make last-minute decisions about where to try to view the eclipse.

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As a result, the path of totality of the total solar eclipse – where the moon completely blocks the face of the sun – extends across parts of 13 US states, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.

But with the latest weather forecasts threatening to cover much of the path of totality in clouds, the best bet for seeing the total eclipse will be to stay mobile and flexible with your plans, said Mark Littmann, co-author of “Totality: The Great Northern Eclipse.” American of 2024.”

“It will take dedication at this point,” said Littmann. “About 31 million people live in the path of totality. And millions and millions of tourists will embark on the path of totality – driving for an hour, two or three hours, or arriving by plane.”