If you missed Monday's total solar eclipse, you are in luck.
According to NASA, there is a second opportunity to see the astronomical event again in less than a decade — and the McAlester area will be even closer to the projected path of 100 percent totality.
On April 8, 2024, the moon will once again completely block out the sun across the United States, this time cutting a path across parts of Texas and Oklahoma to Maine.
Projections place parts of southeast Oklahoma in the path of 100 percent totality — coming as close to the immediate area as Talihina and Poteau — and predict that McAlester could see as much as 98.77 percent totality.
Several major cities will be also in the direct path of the 2024 total solar eclipse, including Dallas, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Indianapolis, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York and Montreal, Canada.
Similar to Monday's eclipse — which occurred across 14 states in the continental United States — much of North America will experience a partial solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, with the exception of Alaska and far northwestern Canada.
Some locations in the direct path of the most recent total solar eclipse will once again experience 100 percent totality in 2024, including Carbondale, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Paducah, Kentucky.
McAlester saw 85 percent totality during Monday's eclipse, which was the first total solar eclipse in North America since 1979 and the first to sweep from coast to coast in the United States in almost a century.
The U.S. will also get somewhat of a preview of the next total eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, when an annular eclipse will make a path from northern California to Florida.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving a ring around its edges where the sun is visible to form what looks like a ring.
However, the total eclipse the next year will likely be the more highly-anticipated event.
So anyone who bought certified filtered solar-viewing glasses might want to hang on to them and start planning for the next event.
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