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Total solar eclipse will darken skies over Arkansas 2 years from now

A total solar eclipse, a once in a lifetime event, is happening on April 8, 2024 - two years from now.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Nearly two years from now the sun, moon, and earth will align perfectly to cast a shadow over the Natural State.

In the middle of the day, the sky will darken as if it were sunset as the moon passes in front of the sun. 

At Little Rock, the eclipse begins at 12:33 p.m. The best part of the eclipse, or the totality, will be reached at 1:50 p.m. The eclipse ends at 3:11 p.m. 

The path of totality starts in central Arkansas and includes the Little Rock metro, Conway, Searcy, Hot Springs, and Arkadelphia. It extends west to Jasper, Clarksville, and Mena. 

If you want to see the longest total eclipse possible in the state. Russellville, Clinton, De Queen, Mountain View, or Melbourne are areas in the red line that will enjoy over four minutes of the astronomical event. 

Click here to see a list of totality length.

Mark your calendar now and make sure you get specific glasses to look at the eclipse safely. Glasses will likely be on sale one year away from the event. 

Before this spectacular event, there are two total eclipses of the moon taking place this year. And an annular eclipse next year.

The next time the path of totality will cross Arkansas will be in 2045. 

Let's hope for clear skies to witness this extraordinary event that will make memories for a lifetime to share with friends and family. 

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