Mark your calendars: Total solar eclipse will be 4 years from today

If the Great American Eclipse August 21, 2017 wasn’t exciting enough, mark your calendars for 2024!

Four years from today, on April 8 2024, there will be another total solar eclipse that will be visible across a large chunk of the eastern United States, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Will the Miami Valley be in the path? Yes! Instead of a partial solar eclipse though, most of the Miami Valley, including Dayton, will be in the path of totality. This means the sun will be completely blocked out.

When the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun and the three form a straight line -- earth–moon–sun -- then we have a solar eclipse. Solar eclipses only occur during a new moon. When the Moon completely covers the sun, as seen from earth, we have a total solar eclipse.

The eclipse will begin a little before 2 p.m. Around 3:10 p.m. in the Dayton area, there will be more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds of darkness.