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Find out when and where Maine will get the best solar eclipses on April 8, 2024

CARIBOU, Maine — Maine is expected to be a top travel destination for the Solar eclipse of 2024, with much of the state being on the ‘path of totality’. Here’s everything you need to know about what time and where you can see the show on April 8.

Maine solar eclipse path of totality map

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The cities and towns in Maine that will experience a total solar eclipse include:

  • Caribou
  • Presque Island
  • Rangeley
  • Houlton
  • Millinocket
  • Greenville
  • Jackman
  • Carrabasset Valley
  • Island waterfalls
  • Moscow
  • Lincoln
  • Medway
  • Linneus

If you have the ability to travel, believe me, it is worth it to reach the path of totality. You’ll have to go well north of the major cities of Augusta, Bangor and Portland, which will have an overall rate of 96.4%. All of Baxter State Park will be in the totality trail, including Mount Katahdin.

Gov. Janet Mills of Maine says her state is the best place in New England to witness the event, but visitors are told to make sure they eclipse glasses and drive carefully.

“It’s mud season in Maine – many dirt roads may not be passable. Always stay on paved roads,” she said in a statement.

Timeline of the total solar eclipse in Maine

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What time exactly is the solar eclipse in Maine? It depends a bit on where you are.

The partial solar eclipse will begin at 2:22 PM in Caribou, America’s northeasternmost city, and end at 4:40 PM. Totality begins at 3:32 p.m

In the western part of the state, in Rangeley, it starts at 2:18 PM and reaches its peak at 3:29 PM before ending at 4:39 PM

“For nearly half of Maine, the total solar eclipse will be visible for a maximum of three and a half minutes – one of the longest totality viewing times in North America,” Mills said.

Houlton, which borders Canada, will be the last city in the continental US to see the eclipse and will experience one of the longest periods of total darkness at 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The eclipse will peak there at 3:32 p.m

Scientists will be on standby in parts of the US look at what animals do when the total solar eclipse turns day into night.

Clouds forecast in Maine for April 8

Maine could be one of the few places in the country where the weather cooperates with the eclipse, even though the northeast typically cloudy in April.

I don’t think Monday will be completely cloud-free in New England, but the region won’t see any major storms.

Some clouds will likely develop on Monday from a warm front moving across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. I’m a little concerned that some of those clouds might roll into New England, so I’m not in a position to raise the all-clear flag at this time.

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