How long will April's total solar eclipse last?

a graphic of a total solar eclipse during totality with a graphic animation of a stop clock in the center to depict the duration of the eclipse
The duration of April's total solar eclipse will depend on where you are located. (Image credit: Daisy Dobrijevic/Canva)

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of North America, with the entire continent at least seeing partial phases. 

How long the total solar eclipse portion of the event lasts depends on where you are along and within the path of totality. 

If you're unable to see the eclipse in person, you can watch the total solar eclipse live here on And keep up with all the actions with our total solar eclipse 2024 live updates blog.

Related: How fast will April's total solar eclipse travel? 

Totality across North America

The first moment of totality to be seen on the planet will be at 12:38 p.m. EDT (1638 GMT) and the last at 3:55 p.m. EDT (1955 GMT), a sum of 3 hours, 16 minutes and 45 seconds. This is the effect of the moon's umbra, its dark central shadow, which will create a path of totality about 115 miles (185 kilometers) wide, diagonally across parts of the North American continent. 

Total duration of totality: 

  • Totality in Mexico: 40 minutes 43 seconds 
  • Totality in the U.S.: 67 minutes 58 seconds  
  • Totality in Canada: 34 minutes 4 seconds 

Earth is spherical, and so is the moon. When the moon's shadow strikes Earth, it does so obliquely as a stretched oval, becomes a more circular shadow at the point of greatest eclipse, and then stretches again.

You have to be in the path of the umbra — the dark inner part of the moon's shadow — to experience totality. Your experience depends not only on where you are located along the path but also on how close you are to its centerline. The closer you are to the centreline, the longer the duration of totality.

But don't worry too much about getting as close as possible to the centerline. "People visiting the path of totality this April 8 do not need to go to the path center to get a long-duration eclipse," Michael Zeiler, eclipse cartographer at, told "You can get 90% of the maximum totality by driving 60% of the distance from path edge to center," Zeiler continued.

Related: Why you don't need to get to the centerline for April's total solar eclipse — and what will happen at the edge

So, how long the total solar eclipse lasts depends entirely on where you are, but all this needs context. The total solar eclipse of 2010 was the last time it was possible to experience a totality of over four minutes, with the last in the U.S. in 2017 lasting a maximum of 2 minutes 42 seconds. Besides, the most important thing on April 8 is to be anywhere inside the path of totality where the sky is clear. 

How long the eclipse will last across notable locations

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Totality duration across notable locations
LocationTotality (local time)Totality duration
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico11:07 a.m. MST4 minutes 20 seconds
Durango, Durango, Mexico12:12 p.m. CST3 minutes 50 seconds
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico12:16 p.m. CST4 minutes 11 seconds
Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico/Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S1:27 p.m. CDT4 minutes 24 seconds
Kerrville, Texas, U.S1:32 p.m. CDT4 minutes 25 seconds
Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S1:32 p.m CDT4 minutes 25 seconds
Dallas, Texas, U.S1:40 p.m. CDT3 minutes 52 seconds
Idabel, OklahomaU.S: 1:45 p.m CDT4 minutes 19 seconds
Russellville, Arkansas, U.S1:49 p.m. CDT4 minutes 12 seconds
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S1:58 p.m. CDT4 minutes 7 seconds
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S1:59 p.m. CDT4 minutes 10 seconds
Bloomington, Indiana, U.S3:04 p.m. EDT4 minutes 3 seconds
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S3:06 p.m. EDT3 minutes 51 seconds
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S3:13 p.m. EDT3 minutes 50 seconds
Erie, PennsylvaniaU.S: 3:16 p.m. EDT3 minutes 43 seconds
Rochester, New York, U.S3:20 p.m. EDT3 minutes 40 seconds
Montpelier, Vermont, U.S3:27 p.m. EDT1 minutes 42 seconds
Oakfield, Maine, U.S3:31 p.m. EDT3 minutes 23 seconds
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada3:18 p.m. EDT3 minutes 31 seconds
Montreal, Quebec, Canada3:26 p.m. EDT1 minute 57 seconds
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada4:34 p.m. ADT3 minutes 8 seconds
Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada4:35 p.m. ADT3 minutes 12 seconds
Catalina, Newfoundland, Canada5:13 p.m. NDT2 minutes 53 seconds

Maximum totality at sunrise

As the eclipse begins at sunrise south of Starbuck Island in the Pacific Ocean at 6:24 a.m. local time on April 9 (1624 GMT April 8) the moon's shadow will be as far from the moon as it can get. The path of totality — the width of the moon's shadow — will be 89.5 miles (144 kilometers) when it first appears on Earth. Consequently, the totality will be shorter, lasting just 2 minutes and 6 seconds.  

Point of greatest eclipse

The point of greatest eclipse occurs over Nazas, Mexico.   (Image credit: Michael Zeiler/

About 5,000 miles later is the point of greatest eclipse, where totality will last 4 minutes 28 seconds from 12:15 CST (1715 GMT) over a tiny town called Nazas about 25 minutes northwest of Torreón in the state of Durango, Mexico. 

At this point, the moon will be as close to Earth as it gets during the eclipse simply because Earth is spherical. It's over Nazas that the centers of the moon, Earth and sun are perfectly aligned. Here, the path of totality will be 123 miles (197km) wide — the widest it gets during the eclipse.

Maximum totality at sunset

Path of totality traveling across Maine and Eastern Canada.  The size and shape of the moon's shadow determine the length of the totality.   (Image credit: Michael Zeiler/

As the eclipse ends at sunset in the Atlantic Ocean at 4:53 p.m. EDT (2053 GMT) on April 8, the moon's shadow will again be as far from the moon as possible. The path of totality here will be just 88 miles (142 km) wide when it last appears on Earth. This final totality will last 2 minutes and 3 seconds.  

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Jamie Carter
Contributing Writer

Jamie is an experienced science, technology and travel journalist and stargazer who writes about exploring the night sky, solar and lunar eclipses, moon-gazing, astro-travel, astronomy and space exploration. He is the editor of and author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners, and is a senior contributor at Forbes. His special skill is turning tech-babble into plain English.