When Is the Next Total Solar Eclipse in the US?


Even though we could have observed the partial solar eclipse from pretty much anywhere, the lure of spending at least part of a workday in Balboa Park – home to numerous world-class museums, the San Diego Zoo, restaurants, gardens and attractive architecture; the attraction of a shared large group experience and the opportunity to see the eclipse through special solar telescopes, along with Q&A with local astronomers and supplies to make our own pinhole eclipse viewer, drew thousands of people to the fountain area in front of The Fleet on the morning of August 21, 2017. The total solar eclipse of July 11, 1991 occurred over Hawaii which had cloudy weather but excellent views were experienced at the tip of Baja, California with duration of nearly seven minutes.

I woke up on the morning of the total solar eclipse with a cold. Start planning for April, 2024 with line of totality in Ontario along the north shore of Lake Erie. “But we got pretty close”.

Ian Wickens-Walther (from left), 10, Levi Grych, 10, and Joseph Marchese, 9, observe the partial solar eclipse while wearing eclipse glasses at the DeKalb Public Library on Monday, Aug. 21. If an area was not in the path of totality, most could still see the effects of it. One group of Grinnell physics students, led by Professors Barbara Breen and Charlotte Christensen, both physics, spent Monday in vans, searching for the flawless weather conditions to observe the moon’s transit across the sun in totality. Maybe I had taken too much cold medicine. “We “chased” the eclipse, changing plans from St. Joseph to Columbia, MO on the run”, Breen wrote in an email to the S&B. “It’s fascinating to see what other cultures saw as a deity eaten away”, Shah said.

“Totality was the most handsome thing I have ever witnessed in my life”, Zhu shared.

And for many Canadians, the view will be a whole lot more dramatic than it was on Monday. “If people get another chance, they should actually go see totality”.

The next total solar eclipses will occur on July 2, 2019 over South America, Dec. 14, 2020 over South Africa and South America then April 20, 2023 over Australia.

Some locations in the direct path of the most recent total solar eclipse will once again experience 100 percent totality in 2024, including Carbondale, Illinois; Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Paducah, Kentucky. Fix was able to view the eclipse during his lunch break. We know that the moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the Earth and 29.5 days to complete its lunar phases since the Earth is also moving in respect to the sun.

Breen and Christensen agreed that totality is a really neat experience, and found that the decision to bring a group of students to view the eclipse along the path of totality was a natural decision. So many Americans sharing their experience with the world in real time was remarkable.

Students experienced dimming and sudden temperature drop as as the moon covered the sun during the eclipse.

The 2017 solar eclipse is now history.



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