When Will the Next Total Solar Eclipse Be Visible in the US?

If you missed the amazing total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024, you’re in for a long wait. This incredible event, where the moon completely blocks the sun, won’t be happening again in North America for over 20 years! The next ones are predicted for 2044 and 2045.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Scientists say witnessing a total solar eclipse is one of the most awe-inspiring things you can experience. It resembles looking up at a black hole in the sky. The April 8th eclipse travelled from the Pacific Coast of Mexico across 15 US states before reaching Canada. Even with some clouds, many people across the continent saw a partial eclipse, where the sun is partially covered by the moon. But only those lucky enough to be in the “path of totality” experienced the complete darkness of a total eclipse.

How Often Do Eclipses Happen?

Eclipses occur globally about twice a year, but not necessarily in the same location. In North America, they can be a few years apart or even a few decades between appearances. The one in 2024 was the first since 2017, and the one before that was all the way back in 1979!

Predicting the Future of Eclipses

The good news is that scientists can predict exactly when and where eclipses will happen. There will be eight total solar eclipses visible from North America this century, with an average of one every 12 years.

The Next Eclipses on the Horizon

The next total eclipse crossing North America is expected on August 23rd, 2044. However, the path of totality will only skim a few US states and be mainly visible from Canada. After that, we’ll have to wait until 2078 and 2099 for the next total eclipses in North America. Just like a Swiss clock, scientists can tell us exactly when these amazing natural events will grace our skies!

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