(3-8-23) In a little over a year the Stateline area could have a flock of tourists. According to a NASA website on Monday, April 8, 2024, the total solar eclipse of the sun will cross over North America.

The Stateline area will be a prime spot to watch the event, including Mercer, Auglaize, Van Wert and Darke counties. Plans are already being made by many who hope to see the eclipse.

Astronomy.com says that Lima is one of the top 20 prime sites in the US during that day to watch the eclipse –

Lima, Ohio

Lima is well positioned for viewing the eclipse and is just large enough to handle a moderate influx of visitors. For those who want the maximum possible length of totality, you’ll get 6 additional seconds if you drive south on Interstate 75 to Wapakoneta, and an extra second if you continue south to the center line.

Eclipse starts: 1:54:51 p.m. EDT
Eclipse ends: 4:26:01 p.m. EDT
Maximum eclipse: 3:11:43 p.m. EDT
Sun’s altitude at maximum eclipse: 50.8°
Duration of totality: 3 minutes 51 seconds
Width of Moon’s shadow: 113 miles (181.9 km)

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.

The path of the eclipse continues from Mexico, entering the United States in Texas, and traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The eclipse will enter Canada in Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton. The eclipse will exit continental North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

What Makes the 2024 Eclipse Special?

Since 70% of the world is covered by water, the majority of eclipses are unseen by human eyes. It’s rare for people to see an eclipse–and it’s even rarer for people to see a total eclipse in their neighborhoods. The 2024 eclipse is unique because it gives you the chance to see a total eclipse where the moon completely covers the sun.