Total Solar Eclipse 2024 – WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, HOW, & WHY

From Dr. Becky.

AD | To try everything Brilliant has to offer—free—for a full 30 days, visit and you’ll get 20% off Brilliant’s annual premium subscription. | Here’s all you need to know about the total solar eclipse visible across Mexico, the USA and Canada on Monday 8th April 2024 so you can make a plan for how and where to watch it.

DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT ATHE SUN. Please always double check that any eclipse glasses or camera lens/telescope filters you are using pass the ISO 12312-2 international standard and do not have any scratches on them by holding them up to a light in your house first (all you should be able to see through them is the filament of the light bulb).

#eclipse2024 #eclipse #astronomy

Interactive eclipse map with timings from –
@TheEclipseCompany map with cloud coverage and community events –

AAS advice on buying eclipse glasses from safe suppliers –
How to make a pinhole camera –

00:00 Intro
00:30 WHEN is the total solar eclipse?
00:39 WHERE can I see the eclipse from?
02:11 WHAT is a total solar eclipse?
04:10 HOW can I safely watch the eclipse?
04:57 Eclipse glasses and how to find safe suppliers
06:37 Make a pinhole camera
06:47 Use a colander to view the eclipse
07:35 How to photograph the total solar eclipse
08:08 WHY should I care about the eclipse? What science can we learn (solar corona & Einstein’s general relativity)
12:33 Bloopers

Video filmed on a Sony ⍺7 IV
Microphone used: Comica VM20 shotgun microphone

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👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.