Solar eclipse map & highlights

Future solar eclipse highlights

Where to see the sun disappear

Eclipses are heaven-sent chances to explore places you might never have considered. Unless you are in the UK where, from recent experience, it is more like a case of fifty shades of grey, but with no climax. It's easy to discover where to see the next solar eclipse - they're fixed far ahead, with at least one eclipse a year. So decide which one suits your diary, budget and interests. Also consider where has the best chance of clear skies on the big day. The next total eclipses are in the USA (August 2017) and Chile (July 2019), which have more potential for clear skies than the UK's 2015 damp squib. And remember - totality covers a spread of locations as the moon's shadow crosses the earth, so if the forecast isn't good in one spot, you might be luckier somewhere nearby.
Antaractica Chile Morocco Northwest USA Spain Tanzania

Antarctica, Dec 4, 2021

Make a once in a lifetime trip to Antarctica even more out-of-this-world by catching the solar eclipse on December 4, 2021. With almost constant daylight throughout the austral summer this is also the perfect time to catch seal pups, penguin chicks, giant albatross and migrating whales, as well as some of the continent’s largest and most spectacular icebergs…

Chile, July 2, 2019

Chile offers an incredibly diverse range of other worldly landscapes to explore around its total eclipse on July 2, 2019. With the world’s driest desert in the north, lush Lake District valleys at its centre, and spectacular glaciers, fjords and granite peaks to explore in the icy south, don't forget to pack your hiking boots along with your solar specs to make the most this spectacular adventure playground.


A melange of sensual pleasure and vibrant culture, Morocco is also great for astronomical joy with clear skies arcing over fantastic dunes and the Atlas Mountains. Though there are no upcoming eclipses here, many tours still highlight celestial events like the spectacular Leonid meteor shower. By day, visit the 'Rose City' Marrakech, boho Essaouira, fantastic imperial Fez, or experience Bedouin desert culture camping under some of the brightest stars you'll ever see.

USA, Aug 21, 2017

Fans of America should red-ring the total eclipse of August 2017 over its gorgeous northwest corner. Before and after, enjoy alpine meadows and glacial peaks in the Cascades (including volcanic Mt St Helens), then scoot along a rugged Pacific Coast to sophisticated Seattle. Or explore Oregon's wonderful historic coast of lighthouses and atmospheric old fishing towns like Astoria, inland wildernesses plus uber-hip Portland.


Spain may not have a solar eclipse coming any time soon, but its relatively deserted plains and mountains soaring into clear skies mean Spain's astronomy is as appealing as its gastronomy! Even around the crowded Costas, you can find dark skies a relatively short distance inland, but for a real treat head to the dark sky reserve in Montsec, Catalonia, where you can stargaze through powerful telescopes at the Astronomy Park.

Tanzania, Sep 1, 2016

September 1, 2016 is Tanzania's solar eclipse day but set aside the days around to be wowed by its blend of stunning landscape and iconic wildlife. Check out Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, the Maasai, the idyllic island of Zanzibar, and Africa's Big Five beasts in the Selous and Saadani game reserves. Then enjoy a beguiling cultural fusion of Swahili, Arabic and Indian influences.

Travel times to eclipse destinations

The following times give you a rough idea of the flight times between the UK and destinations where you can witness a solar eclipse or other astronomical happenings.
  • UK – Seattle: 10 hours
  • UKMorocco: 3 hours
  • UK – Tanzania: 11 hours
  • UK – Chile:  14 hours
Photo credits: [Topbox: Don Miller] [Svalbard polar bear: Smudge 9000] [st helens: Jeff Gunn] [England eclipse: Claire Sired]
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