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When’s the next U.S. total solar eclipse?

After the August 21, 2017 eclipse, the next total solar eclipse visible from North America will be April 8, 2024.

Image via Fred Espenak at the NASA Eclipse Web Site.

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Check out the map above. It shows all the total solar eclipses occurring in North America from 2001-2050, and it comes to us via eclipse master Fred Espenak. You can see that – after the August 21, 2017 eclipse – the next total eclipse for North America will come on April 8, 2024.

That makes it seem as if eclipses are rare, when, in fact, they’re not. They happen about every 18 months as seen from somewhere in the world. However, for any given spot on Earth’s surface, total solar eclipse don’t happen very often.

In addition to total eclipses, there are other sorts of eclipses. Partial and annular, or ring, solar eclipses also take place, as do eclipses of the moon. Some of them almost certainly will be visible from your location in the next few years.

Look here for a complete list of solar eclipses between the years 2011-2030.

Read more: Are lunar eclipses more common than solar eclipses?

View larger. | Map 2 shows the path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 2001 through 2050.  Image courtesy of Astropixels.com

View larger. | Path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 2001 through 2050. Image courtesy of Fred Espenak at Astropixels.com

A total solar eclipse in August, 1999 by Fred Espenak.  It's a combination of 22 photographs that were digitally processed to highlight faint features. The outer pictures of the sun's corona were digitally altered to enhance dim, outlying waves and filaments. The inner pictures of the usually dark moon were enhanced to bring out its faint glow from doubly reflected sunlight.   This image was NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day for April 8, 2001.

A total solar eclipse in August, 1999 by Fred Espenak. It’s a combination of 22 photographs that were digitally processed to highlight faint features. The outer pictures of the sun’s corona were digitally altered to enhance dim, outlying waves and filaments. The inner pictures of the usually dark moon were enhanced to bring out its faint glow from doubly reflected sunlight. This image was NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for April 8, 2001.

Bottom line: After the August 21, 2017 eclipse, the next total solar eclipse visible from North America will be April 8, 2024.

Bruce McClure

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