The totality of the historic solar eclipse will not pass across Louisiana, but the entire state should be able to see it. Depending on how far north and west you are willing to travel, you may even be able to see it close to totality.

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A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People located in the center of the Moon’s shadow when it hits Earth will experience a total eclipse. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. Weather permitting, people in the path of a total solar eclipse can see the Sun’s corona, the outer atmosphere, which is otherwise usually obscured by the bright face of the Sun.

A total solar eclipse is the only type of solar eclipse where viewers can momentarily remove their eclipse glasses (which are not the same as regular sunglasses) for a brief period of time when the Moon is completely blocking the Sun.

Learn More about Eclipses from NASA by CLICKING HERE.

Solar Eclipse Visible Across Swath Of U.S.
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The next total solar eclipse path won't cross the United States and Louisiana for the next twenty years. The next total solar eclipse in the country won't occur until April 23, 2044, so this is your chance to get your eclipse glasses and plan where you'll be seeing one of nature's greatest spectacles.

You must go to the little Louisiana town of Vivian, which is close to the Texas–Louisiana border if you wish to witness "near totality". Vivian, which has a population of little over 3,000, will experience 99 percent totality.

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Cities close to the cities below will have views similar to these because you typically have to drive a few miles to increase the proportion of the sun that will be eclipsed. Here are the percentages of totality that is expected in parts of Louisiana.

  • Vivian 99 percent
  • Shreveport 97 percent
  • Monroe 94 percent
  • Natchitoches 94 percent
  • Alexandria 92 percent
  • Lake Charles 91 percent
  • Breaux Bridge 88 percent
  • Lafayette 88 percent
  • Baton Rouge 87 percent
  • Denham Springs 87 percent
  • Amite 87 percent
  • Hammond 86 percent
  • Morgan City 86 percent
  • Bogalusa 86 percent
  • Covington 85 percent
  • Thibodaux 85 percent
  • New Orleans 84 percent
  • Belle Chasse 84 percent
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For More Information on Cities and Times in Louisiana to best see the Solar Eclipse, visit Eclipse2024 by CLICKING HERE.

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