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Solar eclipse in Costa Rica



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Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

 



On Monday, April 8, a complete solar eclipse will sweep North America, traveling over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It can also be viewed from Costa Rica.


A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, totally covering the Sun's face. The sky will darken as if it were sunrise or sunset.


According to specialists from the University of Costa Rica, people may see a partial phase of such natural occurrence. The eclipse will show when just 21% of the solar diameter is covered.  


If the weather is clear, the best site to see the eclipse is Liberia Canton, Guanacaste Province. The remainder of the country will only witness a small portion of it.


The phenomena will last just under two hours, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and peaking at 12:30 p.m., before ending at 1:20 p.m.





The American Astronomical Society warns that watching any area of the bright Sun via a camera lens, binoculars, or telescope without a special-purpose solar filter attached to the front of the optics can result in serious eye injury.


Wearing specialist eclipse glasses and hand-held solar viewers is required for proper eye protection throughout the whole eclipse. Their filters generally let through 0.001% to 0.00005% of visible light, and they can be more than 1,000 times darker than regular sunglasses.


Experts advise that ordinary sunglasses are insufficient for watching an eclipse.


NASA will broadcast the solar eclipse phenomenon on its YouTube channel.


In October 2023, Costa Rica witnessed a complete solar eclipse, which was best seen in Limón Province.


Costa Rica had its last total solar eclipse on July 11, 1991.



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