On August 21st, 2017, the moon made its way in front of the sun in spectacular fashion, providing the first total solar eclipse viewable from the United States in nearly four decades. If you were in one of the many states that witnessed the event, you know how spectacular it was. For those that missed out, the time to start planning to see the next one is now. If you’re in the USA and prefer domestic travel, 2024 is the year to mark on your calendar. For those that don’t mind international excursions or already live abroad, there are solar eclipses happening sooner. However far you travel, be sure to find yourself in the band of totality for the next solar eclipse, and strap in for one of the most incredible natural experiences you’ll ever see in your life.
July 2, 2019 Total Solar Eclipse: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina
Happening during one of the colder months of the year for South America, the July 2nd, 2019 total solar eclipse will cruise through the South Pacific Ocean before making landfall in Chile and Argentina, with a totality that will last for more than two minutes. North of Santiago, the city of La Serena will be the sweet spot for totality in Chile, and people in Buenos Aires, Argentina won’t have to travel very far to see the big show.
December 14, 2020 Total Solar Eclipse: South Pacific, Argentina, South Atlantic
A total solar eclipse will strike South America again in 2020, crossing once more through Chile and Argentina. Originating in the South Pacific Ocean, the total solar eclipse will extend through southern Chile and Argentina this time, including a pass over Parque Nacional Villarrica, or Villarrica National Park, which could make a for a pretty killer view of the 2020 total solar eclipse.
December 4, 2021 Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica
Anticipated to be one of the less-seen total solar eclipses in the next two decades, the December 4th, 2021 total solar eclipse will make a brief appearance across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Beginning offshore in the Southern Ocean, the 2021 eclipse will be perceivable from land beginning near the Ellsworth Mountains and exiting out further east on Ellsworth Island. The good news for those wanting to see the 2021 total solar eclipse, is that December is the beginning of Antarctica’s summer season, which means temperatures might be above 0⁰ Fahrenheit.
April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse: Mexico, U.S., Canada
For many in the U.S., the April 8th, 2024 total solar eclipse is the one to start planning for now. Originating in the South Pacific Ocean, totality will first make an impression near the resort town of Mazatlán, Mexico, and will make its way northeast through the rest of Mexico from there, crossing through Coahuila before entering the U.S.
The total solar eclipse will be able to be seen from at least nine different states in the U.S., including major metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Better yet, the 2024 solar eclipse will be viewable from such awesome adventure locations including the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois, Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains and Baxter State Park (home of Mt. Katahdin).
August 12, 2026 Total Solar Eclipse: Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
Originating off the shore of the Taymyr Peninsula of northern Russia, the August 12th, 2026 total solar eclipse will travel through Arctic Ocean, with totality passing over a large chunk of Greenland before passing quickly in view from the tourist-friendly city of Reykjavik, Iceland. From there, totality crosses the North Atlantic Ocean and reappears off the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, and orbits into view near Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, with some of the best places to see the almost two-minute totality including Oviedo, León and Castellón.