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From logistical nightmares to ancient omens, a look at the dark side of the eclipse

FILE: Solar eclipse from Wisconsin, USA August 21, 2017 at 85% Coverage.
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FILE: Solar eclipse from Wisconsin, USA August 21, 2017 at 85% Coverage.

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the contiguous U.S. will see a total solar eclipse for the last time until 2044. Online, excitement is also giving way to fears—will communities in the eclipse’s path have enough food and gas to support all the travelers? Will it interrupt our power grid? This hour, we’re talking about the dark side of the eclipse—from doomsday predictions to ancient omens.


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