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Hamilton is in the path of totality

Thursday, Mar 28, 2024

The stars are aligned, earthlings.

For approximately 90 seconds starting at 3:18pm on April 8, Hamilton will be basking in “the path of totality,” able to see the full eclipse of the sun by the moon. And if we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of the elusive chromosphere, that thin, reddish pink circle around moon’s edge below the sun’s corona.

The partial eclipse will take place between 2 and 4:30pm, marking a historic moment as the only solar eclipse in the 21st century where totality will be visible in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Hamilton is one of the lucky few in Southern Ohio in the path of totality. We’re talking prime real estate for soaking in this once-in-a-lifetime event, which won’t grace our skies in these parts for another 120 years.

The city is buzzing with excitement, with local schools closed, overnight camping extravaganzas, and viewing parties galore. Bars are making special cocktails. Restaurants are crafting special eclipse menus. Several parks have become designated viewing areas. When the cosmos puts on a show, Hamiltonians know how to party!

Just a friendly cosmic refresher: a solar eclipse occurs when the moon cozies up between Earth and sun, temporarily obscuring the solar surface from our view. When totally hits—that phase where the moon completely blocks the sun’s surface—brace yourselves for darkened skies and a slight chill in the air. But remember, safety first. Never gaze directly into the sun during an eclipse. Snag yourself some overpriced protective eyewear or whip up a DIY version instead.

Most of all, prepare to eclipse all expectations, and let’s make history.

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