When is the next solar eclipse

When is the next solar eclipse?


Between now and the year 2100 there will be 224 eclipses, with 67 of them total. The next one is in the USA, in 2017, and there will be an annular eclipse before that in East Africa in September 2016 (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, 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!

September 1, 2016: annular eclipse

August 21, 2017: total eclipse

July 2, 2019: total eclipse

Dec 4, 2021: total eclipse

Festivals & events


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American Wilderness Astronomy Festivals

Astronomy festivals in US national parks offer amazing backdrops for spectacular star gazing, combining wilderness with good access, facilities and experts on hand. Utah's Bryce Canyon astronomy festival (June) takes place amid surreal eroded rock pillars called hoodoos, while Nevada's Great Basin National Park astrofest (September) offers fantastic telescopes to help peer at some of America's finest night skies.
Photo credits: [When to go: Igor Kovalchuk] [how does it work: Kyle Greenberg] [national park: LassenNPS]
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