April 20, 2024

CONSPIRACY theorists have been quick to share their take on the upcoming solar eclipse, with some viewing it as an urgent warning from God to America.

The rare total solar eclipse will take place across parts of North America on April 8, with 15 states in total set to witness it.

Conspiracy theorist believe that the total eclipse is a bad omen

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Conspiracy theorist believe that the total eclipse is a bad omenCredit: Getty
The total eclipse is set to appear April 8

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The total eclipse is set to appear April 8Credit: Getty

Some conspiracy theorists have wildly tied the natural occurrence to the idea that the world will end, citing Christian beliefs.

On TikTok, it was claimed the solar eclipse will pass through eight U.S. cities named “Nineveh”, the modern city of Iraq, which was “evil” in the bible.

The Book of Jonah described how God demanded he “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it because its wickedness has come up before me.”

Some people thought that the fact that the idea that the eclipse was going through a place that God told to repent, was a signal that people were running out of time to do so before the end of the world.

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The idea went viral on social media before being picked up on blog sites like the Gateway Pundit.

One person on X (formerly known as Twitter) posted scriptures from the Book of Luke to back up their claim.

“Oh, did you know there was a total eclipse the very day Jonah preached a warning to Nineveh? Nineveh repented. Will America?” they wrote.

Some have attributed the eclipse to helping the city of Nineveh to receive Jonah’s message, like the blog, The Tribe of Christians.

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However, of the 15 states that will get to witness the solar eclipse, only two cities named Nineveh will fully experience it.

Other cities with the name will only get a glimpse of the total eclipse.

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The next eclipse will enter the United States for a few minutes, completely blacking out the sun.

The cosmic event will travel a 2,575-mile path, giving many a chance to see the darkness take effect.

Those who live in outside of the solar eclipse’s path will still get to experience it.

The rest of the states will see a partial eclipse, which means the skies will darken, similar to a cloudy afternoon.

THE SOLAR ECLIPSE

A total solar eclipse will appear on April 8, here is everything you need to know about it.

The total solar eclipse will begin over the South Pacific Ocean and cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

The event will begin on Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 am PDT before entering the US in Texas.

From there it will travel through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

According to Nasa, small parts of Tennessee and Michigan will also experience the total solar eclipse.

Then the rare display will head into Canada through Southern Ontario, and continue through Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton.

The eclipse is forecast to exit North America on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 pm NDT.

Nasa has more information on the exact times you will be able to see the total eclipse in your nearest city here.

If you plan to travel or watch the solar eclipse, it’s best to do so safely.

When observing an eclipse, it’s best to do so using proper eye protection, including:

  • Eclipse glasses
  • Solar filters
  • Solar telescope

Since you will be looking directly into the sun, eclipse glasses are a necessity – even when using cameras.

If you plan to capture the moment, use solar filters with your cameras or binoculars during the partial phases only.

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Afterward, you will need to remove the filers to capture the full effect.

When documenting the event, it’s important to know when the sun is going to reemerge to avoid damaging your camera or your eyes.

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