Monday, June 24, 2024

First look: Total solar eclipse mesmerizes Mexico

On Monday, April 8, a total solar eclipse mesmerized millions across Mexico, where skies went dark at midday in 25 cities of the republic.

Mexicans and tourists alike stepped outside to enjoy the celestial spectacle, which could be seen in totality across northern Mexico. A partial eclipse was enjoyed from both sides of the eclipse’s path.

See the 2024 total solar eclipse in photos, from Sinaloa and Nayarit, to Islas Marías and beyond.


Over 100,000 people descended on Mazatlán to view the total solar eclipse from the “Pearl of the Pacific.” (Adolfo Vladimir/Cuartoscuro)
Mexico's president viewing the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador observing Monday’s total solar eclipse from the port of Mazatlán. (Presidencia/Cuartoscuro)
Total solar eclipse in Mazatlán on April 8, 2024
The total solar eclipse as seen from Mazatlán, Mexico on April 8, 2024. (María Ruiz)
Eclipse chasers in Mazatlán, Mexico
Eclipse chasers wait for the spectacle to unfold in Mazatlán. (María Ruiz)


Beach-goers in Nayarit also saw the solar eclipse in totality. (Pedro Anza/Cuartoscuro)
The 2024 total solar eclipse as seen from Playa de Novillero, Nayarit. (Pedro Anza/Cuartoscuro)
Islas Marías during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024
The “night” lasted approximately four minutes in Islas Marías, Nayarit. (Kate Bohné)


Coahuila was the easternmost state along the path of totality in Mexico. (Alejandro Rodríguez/Cuartoscuro)
Cloudy skies in Saltillo made for a spooky eclipse experience. (Alejandro Rodríguez/Cuartoscuro)


The progression of the partial eclipse as seen from Oaxaca. (Carolina Jiménez/Cuartoscuro)
Dozens of people came to the Canuto Muñoz Mares municipal observatory to see the partial eclipse in Oaxaca, where 61% coverage was observed. (Carolina Jiménez/Cuartoscuro)

Mexico City

A dog prepares for the 2024 total solar eclipse in Mexico
Pets and people in Mexico City came prepared to snag a partial view of the solar eclipse from Ciudad Universitaria on Monday morning. (Moisés Pablo/Cuartoscuro)
A partial solar eclipse visible from Mexico City on April 8, 2024
The peak of the solar eclipse as seen in Mexico City, where visibility was 74%. (Galo Cañas/Cuartoscuro)
UNAM’s Ciudad Universitaria, or University City, was one big eclipse picnic on Monday. (Graciela López/Cuartoscuro)


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