February 26, 2024

Solar maximum: why April’s total solar eclipse will provide unique views of the Sun’s corona

A dramatic image of the sun at ‘solar maximum’ will await eclipse hunters April 8, 2024, during the total solar eclipse in North America.

Only those within a 200 km wide path of totality can glimpse the Sun’s corona – the warmer outer atmosphere – with their naked eyes during totality. Only during the exact moment of totality, when the moon completely obscures the sun, can you see with the naked eye. In all other cases, precautions must be taken. It is a feast for the eyes, regardless of the level of solar activity latest predictions When the sun reaches the peak of its current cycle in 2024, it appears the corona will now be at its largest and spiciest, just in time for totality. Because the cameras have improved greatly since the last solar maximum in 2012, unique images will be possible.

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