THE solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017 was an incredible spectacle that millions of people on the path of totality were able to witness. Even the amazing Matador Network team was there (see video below).
We heard a lot about this particular eclipse because it was a total solar eclipse (the Sun was entirely covered by the Moon) and it was clearly visible all the way across the third most populated country in the world (the US). But solar eclipses happen often — in the next seventeen years, there will be 10 total solar eclipses. So, if you missed the last one, you still have a chance to see this cool celestial event in your lifetime.
Note: According to NASA, you must be somewhere within the the blue lines depicted on each map to see the totality of the Sun being covered. All maps are NASA’s.
1. July 2nd, 2019 – South Pacific, Chile, Argentina
2. December 14th, 2020 – South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic
3. December 4th, 2021 – Antarctica
4. April 8th, 2024 – Mexico, Continental US, Eastern Canada
5. August 12th, 2026 – Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
6. August 2nd, 2027 – Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia
7. July 22nd, 2028 – Australia, New Zealand
8. November 25th, 2030 – Botswana, South Africa, Australia
9. March 30th, 2033 – Eastern Russia, Alaska
10. March 20th, 2034 – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China