There Won’t Be Another Solar Eclipse on Rex Manning Day for 307 Years

Empire Records Eclipse
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We mustn’t dwell … no, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning Day, and especially not when there’s a solar eclipse on Rex Manning Day.

Fans of the 1995 comedy film Empire Records will be celebrating the joyous Rex Manning Day feast and taking in the sights of the Great American Eclipse (with those special glasses, of course).

Monday, April 8, 2024, has an incredible convergence of an astronomical phenomenon and a cult-favorite holiday for Gen Xers. We must revel in it, because it won’t happen again for 307 years.

SCIENCE! tells us there will not be another solar eclipse on April 8 until the year 2331. This particular annular eclipse is in the Saros 144 cycle and will have a maximum duration of 6 minutes and 7 seconds.

You’ll have to go to East Africa, India or Southeast Asia to see it.

Also, you’ll be dead.

Oh, and let’s remember why Empire Records chose April 8 for Rex Manning Day. On April 8, 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound (though the medical examiner believed Cobain died on April 5). So we’re looking at the 30th anniversary of that event, too.

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August 2017

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