When is the next solar eclipse?

Between the years 2001 and 2100 there will be 224 eclipses, with 68 of them total. For the most recent and the next solar eclipse see our maps below. You will only be able to see a solar eclipse if you are in a location within the path of the eclipse shadow across the planet, which varies completely for every single eclipse. In terms of seeing one, everything about a solar eclipse is specific to one day along a clearly defined route across the globe.

If you are anywhere along the eclipse path for a specific event, you will – weather-permitting - see some form of eclipse on the specified date. Along part of that path, the eclipse will be total, meaning the moon's silhouette will completely cover the sun for the very short period of darkness known as 'totality'. There will also be part of the path where the sun will appear partly eclipsed. During East Africa's annular eclipse due on June 21, 2020, however, the moon won't quite cover the sun - leaving a spectacular, blazing "ring of fire" around the moon's silhouette. And anywhere on earth not on the path of a particular eclipse will not notice anything odd at all!

Two of the biggest events on astronomers' calendars right now are the scheduled total solar eclipses of July 2019 and December 2020. In 2019 you'll be able to witness totality for several minutes in the Coquimbo region of Chile while in December, you should be heading for Piedra del Aguila, near Bariloche in Argentina. And of course, if you can travel with an astronomy expert and eclipse chaser, as you can with several of the tours we feature, all the better!

Upcoming solar eclipse paths

The map shows the paths of upcoming total solar eclipses. Icons represent the point of greatest eclipse.

Note: greatest eclipse is not the same as greatest duration, but the difference is likely to be measured in tenths of a second.

Our top Eclipse Vacation

Chile solar eclipse tour in 2019

Chile solar eclipse tour in 2019

Chile solar eclipse and Observatories tour

From £4815 11 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 23 Jun
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Written by Norman Miller
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