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Unique astronomical phenomena visible on the Sun during the total eclipse on April 8

Unique astronomical phenomena visible on 

the Sun during the total eclipse on April 8

  • Astronomers said that the total solar eclipse that will occur on
  • April 8 will impress spectators with a unique "ring" due to
  • the explosions and flares emanating from the sun.

The total solar :

eclipse will occur next month over a few hours. 

Solar physicists say that during a total eclipse, the moment the moon completely

obscures the Sun's vision, bursts of electrically charged plasma that explode from

the Sun and extend several times the Earth's diameter into space can be seen

noting that these darker-pink bursts, called "grazes", may be part of visible activity.

While a total solar eclipse occurred in :

  • the United States in 2017, the next eclipse in April will be particularly
  • special given that the next total eclipse will not occur until 20 
  • more years ago, until August 2044.

On April 8, Mexico's total eclipse trajectory will begin across Texas, Oklahoma

Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont

New Hampshire and Maine before heading over the North Atlantic.

Dallas and Cleveland were listed among the best sites to view the eclipse

weather permitting, according to NASA.


calculations show that the total eclipse period varies by location

and will last between two and four and a half minutes.

According to astronomers, it is expected that the "gridlock" 

(or also called the solar outcrop)

will appear during the total eclipse in North America on April 8, because the Sun

is likely to be at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle, known as the solar maximum.

The "grit" :

is defined as a massive gas radioactive material projected from the surface of

the Sun that extends towards space and returns back to the surface

at another nearby point, often in a circular shape.

Besides "gritters", there are also some other exciting phenomena that 

you may be able to witness during 

 total eclipse:

1. Coronal Mass Emissions

One phenomenon that may be visible during total

eclipse is coronal mass emission (CME).

Ryan French

 a solar physicist at the National Solar Observatory in Boulder, Colorado,


"If we get lucky, coronal mass emission will present itself as a twisted

spiral-shaped structure, high in the Sun's atmosphere."

Coronal mass emission is defined as a huge emission of the magnetic field 

and plasma mass of the Sun's corona, moving fast but seemingly

constant over a few hours.

"What this means is that the same eruption can be seen in Rochester as it was in

Dallas :

at different stages of the same long-term eruption," French explained.

The shadow of the moon will take 100 minutes to cross North America

so coronal emission can explode just before

and be visible to everyone under clear skies.

2. Solar Glows

  • Solar flares are powerful explosions of radio waves, visible light, X-rays
  • and gamma rays on the sun's surface that travel at the speed of light
  • and take only eight minutes to reach Earth.

Although three solar flares that reached Class X (the highest level of intensity)

exploded during one week in February, similar flares

are unlikely to be seen during a total eclipse.

According to French :

solar flares can only be visible for a few minutes, and will look similar to low

altitude bumps (or grills), "and can be seen as red rings closer to the sun's surface."

French confirmed: 

"To be visible from Earth, it must be located above the edge of the sun 

so that it is not obscured by the moon - within a few minutes of total eclipse."