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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | April 11, 2024

Solar eclipse captivates base community

By Staff Sgt. Alex Broome | 316th Wing Public Affairs

Service members and families across Joint Base Andrews observed the solar eclipse over the National Capital Region, Monday.

Although the base was not in the path of complete totality, the local area experienced 87% coverage, peaking at approximately 3:20 p.m. EST. The entire astronomical event transpired over 2.5 hours.

Eclipse glasses were distributed to numerous base spectators, providing protection from the sun to allow safe viewing of the solar eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse visible over the contiguous United States will occur on Aug. 23, 2044.