Like 30 Super Bowls All at Once

( – Marking an eye-popping event that only happens once in many years, excitement is building as Americans and visitors from around the globe gear up for the upcoming solar eclipse.

Travel advisories are even expected due to possible traffic congestion along the eclipse’s path.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) noted that the eclipse’s trajectory will disrupt traffic flow across around 30 interstate highways, spanning fifteen states from Texas to Maine.

“Having a total solar eclipse pass through the US is kind of like having 20 or 30 Super Bowls happening all at once,” said Richard Fienberg, a project manager of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force.

“So many people are gathering for the spectacle over a long distance,” he added.

About 31.6 million people live along the eclipse’s path, with Ohio alone preparing for an influx of 150,000 to over half a million eclipse enthusiasts.

This marks the first total eclipse visible from Ohio since 1806. Cities like Cleveland and Dayton are headed for a complete blackout, while Columbus and Toledo will experience a near-total eclipse.

Arkansas and Texas are also bracing for significant visitor numbers, with projections reaching up to 1.5 million and 1 million respectively.

Additionally, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls has preemptively declared a state of emergency in anticipation of up to 1 million tourists.

The FHWA encourages eclipse chasers to arrive early and extend their stays to avoid traffic impact and projects at least 5 million travelers for the event.

The mass exodus after the eclipse is expected to create the same level of congestion as if 71 football games ended at the same time.

This celestial event sees the moon’s transit between Earth and the sun and will begin around 12:30 p.m. CST in Dallas and end by 4:40 p.m. in Caribou, Maine.

Cities in the path of totality will experience darkness at different times, from Dallas at 1:40 p.m. CST to Caribou at 3:32 p.m. EST, according to NASA’s timeline.

As the next similar eclipse is not expected until 2044, this year’s eclipse presents a unique spectacle for enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

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