In a momentous announcement, Gregory Schmidt, representative of the Solar System Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI NASA), declared that Mazatlán will be the prime location to witness the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Collaborating with the Mazatlan Astronomical Society (SAMAZ) and the Mexican Space Agency, NASA selected Mazatlán as a transmission point for this astronomical event. It was selected due to its unique position as the first contact point between the sun and the moon on the continent.
Additionally, the city's ideal weather conditions further solidify its standing as the best vantage point for observing this celestial spectacle. Transmission equipment will be strategically placed across the United States and Canada, making Mazatlán a global hub for this breathtaking event. NASA's interest in eclipses, driven by the significance of the sun as the most important star, underscores the city's pivotal role in contributing to scientific understanding and public appreciation of the cosmos.