Miss the Eclipse? Here Are Your Next Five Chances

eclipseOn 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.