On April 8, 2024, an expected 1.5 million tourists will be in Arkansas as parts of the state go dark for a total solar eclipse.

The Division of Tourism is expecting the state’s population to increase by 50% for the total eclipse in April.

A total solar eclipse will take place at the Moon’s ascending node on Monday, April 8, 2024, visible across North America and dubbed the Great North American Eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and Sun, thereby obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than
the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.
Totality occurs only in a narrow path across Earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide.

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