A recent graph has been shared showing where the path of the total solar eclipse will be in exactly two years on April 8th, 2024, and there's good news and bad news. The good news is that Michigan is in the path of the total eclipse, the bad news is everyone in the town of Erie is about to make tens of thousands of new friends, as there is only a sliver of the state that's going to be in the path. Erie is located on the Southeast side of the state near the Ohio/Michigan border, and as you can see from this graph below that was released by Eclipsewise, we're gonna have to get real cozy to watch it. The eclipse belongs to Saros 139 and is number 30 of 71 eclipses in the series. If that's at all confusing, their site explains:

Theperiodicity and recurrence of solar eclipses is governed by the Saros cycle, a period of approximately 6,585.3 days (18 years 11 days 8 hours). When two eclipses are separated by a period of one Saros, they share a very similar geometry. The two eclipses occur at the same node with the Moon at nearly the same distance from Earth and the same time of year due to a harmonic in three cycles of the Moon's orbit. Thus, the Saros is useful for organizing eclipses into families or series.

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So with all of the scientific jargon out of the way, let's show you just how tiny of a space we have to work with here in Michigan:

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I hope you guys are ready to get cozy, because Erie is gonna be jam packed in 2 years. let's hope it drives some money into their local economy. 31.6 million people live inside the U.S. path, and 75 million within 100 miles.

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