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The Great American Solar Eclipse Experience

This afternoon, the solar eclipse stretched from Texas to Maine, extending a period of darkness across much of the Eastern United States. While North Carolinians didn’t witness the total eclipse, they were in for a celestial show, as many statewide events took place to view the partial solar eclipse.

A significant gathering took place on Fayetteville State University’s campus from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as the institution’s planetarium hosted a solar eclipse viewing. The viewing was open to the entire community, free of charge. Attendees had the option to purchase solar eclipse glasses onsite. In case of limited availability of glasses, telescopes were also available for guests to use to get a view of the eclipse.

Attendees getting a view of the solar eclipse – April 8, 2024; Photo Credit: Tracey Morrison/The Exclusive Press

Attendees were eager to catch a glimpse of the moon covering the sun, heightening the anticipation of the celestial treat. As the celestial eclipse unfolded above, many guests gazed in wonder. The local peak in North Carolina reached 80–85%, according to Fox 8 WGHP, as the moon temporarily darkened the sunlight. According to Fox 8 WGHP, the eclipse reached its peak in Fayetteville at 3:14 pm, as the sky was partially dim with 80.4% visibility.

The next total eclipse will hit North Carolina on May 11, 2078.

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