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Solar eclipse in 2077 almost repeats last Saturday’s eclipse

Part of a globe, with Americas, and double curved line over US, Caribbean, and northern South America.
On November 15, 2027, 54 years from now, there will be an annular solar eclipse that will be similar to the recent October 14, 2023, annular eclipse. The track for the 2077 solar eclipse will be roughly over the same geographical region. Image via Guy Ottewell. Used with permission.

Many people enjoyed the recent annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023. If you missed it – or want to see it again from roughly the same location – you’ll have another chance for a similiar eclipse on November 15, 2077.

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Solar eclipse in 2077 similar to October 14 eclipse

According to the renowned astronomer Guy Ottewell, a very similar solar eclipse to the eclipse on October 14, 2023, will occur on November 15, 2077. Not only will it be an annular solar eclipse, it’ll be visible from roughly the same area. Aren’t the predictable cycles of the cosmos amazing?

In his recent blog Ottewell – when referring to another annular solar eclipse on November 15, 2077 – said:

… about the annular eclipse of Saturday October 14: After 54 years, that is, 3 saros intervals, comes an eclipse that is more closely similar, because the third-of-a-day difference is removed and the track is over roughly the same geographical region.

Two maps showing similar curved red lines over the Americas, labeled with dates.
Charts of the eclipse paths in October 2023 and November 2077. They are roughly over the same region on the globe. Image via Used with permission.

Some October 2023 eclipse photos

Dark mountain peak against deep blue sky showing line of suns from round to annular and back.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | David Irvine made this composite image of the October 14, 2023, solar eclipse at Agathla Peak in Arizona. Thank you, David!
Ten images of yellowish sun, 3 with bites out and 7 very thin, almost circular crescents.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Michelle Henley made this composite image of the October 14, 2023, solar eclipse. She wrote: “Ring of fire images start in the center and proceed counter clockwise through the last few seconds of the eclipse. Stunning sight to see and to photograph. Looking forward to the total eclipse in April.” Thank you, Michelle! We’re looking forward to the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse as well.

Enjoy more images and video from the October 14 annular solar eclipse.

Bottom line: Another annular solar eclipse – similar to the one on October 14, 2023 – will visit almost the same geographical region in 2077. The predictable cycles in the sky are amazing.

Read more: Eclipses and the Saros

October 17, 2023
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