Here’s your Guide to Viewing the Solar Eclipse in the DMV

Witnessing a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience.

A total solar eclipse — when the sun, moon and Earth align and the sun’s light is blocked — happens about every 18 months. It’s not a rare event, but it is less common in populated areas, especially in the US. The most recent total solar eclipse happened in 2017, when the DMV saw about 80% coverage of the sun, The Washington Post reported.

While DC is not in the path of totality on April 8, the partial eclipse will still be a unique experience. There won’t be another total solar eclipse visible in the US until 2044, and DC will not be in the path at all that year. DC hasn’t witnessed a total solar eclipse in several centuries, according to a NASA tracker.