The Next Seven
Total Eclipses of the Sun

maps and summaries

The total eclipse of the Sun on 1 August 2008


The following are the next seven Total Solar Eclipses visible around the world.

For each eclipse, a map of the path of totality (in dark blue) and the accompanying partial region (in pale blue), is shown. The red regions indicate where the eclipse occurs at sunrise or sunset. The shaded area is the night side of the Earth. The red asterisk along the path of totality indicates the location of greatest eclipse where the eclipse is at its longest. The second red astersisk indicates where the Sun is overhead (the sub-solar point) at the moment of greatest eclipse.

The general locations where the eclipse is total are listed along with the maximum width of the path of totality and the maximum duration of the total phase.

More details, bigger and more detailed maps, tables of the path of totality, weather details and lots more can be obtained from Fred Espenak a year or two before the eclipse is due.

The following maps are all © Fred Espenak.

2026 Eclipse
  12 August 2026

Northern Greenland, Western Iceland, Portugal, Spain.

Maximum path width: 294 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 18s

A large partial eclipse will be visible from the UK.

2027 Eclipse
  2 August 2027

The Atlantic Ocean, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Indian Ocean.

Maximum path width: 258 km

Maximum duration of totality: 6m 23s

A partial eclipse will be visible from the UK.

2028 Eclipse
  22 July 2028

Indian Ocean, Australia, New Zealand.

Maximum path width: 230 km

Maximum duration of totality: 5m 10s

2030 Eclipse
  25 November 2030

Southern Africa, Southern Indian Ocean, Australia.

Maximum path width: 169 km

Maximum duration of totality: 3m 44s

2031 Eclipse
  14 November 2031

A Hybrid Eclipse, total for most of its length. Pacific Ocean.

Maximum path width: 38 km

Maximum duration of totality: 1m 08s

2033 Eclipse
  30 March 2033

A polar eclipse in the Arctic, Eastern Siberia and Alaska.

Maximum path width: 781 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 37s

2034 Eclipse
  20 March 2034

Atlantic Ocean, West Africa, Central Africa, northern Sudan, southern Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, western China.

Maximum path width: 159 km

Maximum duration of totality: 4m 09s

Eclipse Trivia

Angular Size of the Sun and Moon as Seen from the Earth

Angular Diameter of the Moon 33'39'' 29'22'' 31'05.16''
Angular Diameter of the Sun 32'36'' 31'32'' 31'59.26''

Frequency of Solar Eclipses

Total Annular Hybrid Partial
26.9% 33.2% 4.8% 35.2%

On average the Moon is not large enough (as seen from the Earth) to cover the Sun completely. The Moon must be closer than average to cover the Sun completely. This is why Annular eclipses are more common than Total eclipses.

Numbers of Solar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses per Century 238
Maximim Number of Solar Eclipses per Year 5
Minimum Number of Solar Eclipses per Year 2
Maximim Number of Total Solar Eclipses per Year 3
Minimum Number of Total Solar Eclipses per Year 0

Duration of Total Solar Eclipses

Longest Possible (Theoretical) 7m 31s
Longest in 20th Century (20 June 1955) 7m 08s
Longest in 21st Century (22 July 2009) 6m 39s
Longest from 1001 to 2000 (9 June 1062) 7m 21s
Longest from 2001 to 3000 (16 July 2186) 7m 29s
Longest in Recorded History (15 June 744BC) 7m 28s

All dates Western Calendar.

Books From and

KryssTal Related Pages

A series of thought provoking essays on astronomy including a monthly sky page for the UK.

More travel stories and photos from around the world can be found here.

External Eclipse Links

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Fred Espenak (NASA)
Past and future eclipses - reports, maps and information from NASA's Fred Espenak. This is the best place to obtain eclipse information and maps.

Eclipse Glasses
Small or large amounts of CE approved eclipse glasses as used by the BBC.