Solar Eclipse to Cast Shadow over America; Nepal Spared from Celestial Show

As the sun rises tomorrow, a rare celestial event is set to captivate the skies over North America, as a total solar eclipse promises to engulf swathes of the continent in darkness. However, while millions of eyes across the United States, Mexico, and Canada turn skyward, observers in Nepal will be left untouched by the cosmic spectacle.

According to reports from NASA, the solar eclipse, scheduled for April 8, will trace a path across North America, casting a shadow that will plunge parts of the continent into temporary obscurity. Starting its journey over the South Pacific Ocean, the eclipse will traverse over Mexico, the United States, and Canada, offering enthusiasts and astronomers a breathtaking display of nature’s grandeur.

Saroj Raj Shahi, observatory manager and information officer of B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory, and Science Museum Development Board in Kathmandu, confirmed that Nepal will not share in the eclipse’s spectacle. Despite its astronomical significance, the event will remain beyond the view of Nepali observers.

This marks the continuation of a trend for Nepal, which also missed out on witnessing solar eclipses earlier this year, occurring on April 20, 2023, and October 14, further highlighting the country’s geographical distance from the eclipse’s trajectory.

A solar eclipse, a captivating phenomenon where the sun, moon, and earth align in perfect harmony, occurs when the moon casts its shadow upon the earth, temporarily dimming the sun’s radiant light. While this event promises to enthrall onlookers across North America, Nepal remains untouched by the shadow of the celestial dance above.


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