The Next Ten
Total Eclipses of the Sun

maps and summaries

The next total eclipse of the Sun (1 August 2008)

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Introduction

The following are the next ten 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.

2015 Eclipse
  20 March 2015

Faroe Islands, Arctic Ocean. A high latitude eclipse with an unusually wide path visible in the northern regions including the North Pole.

A large partial eclipse will occur in the UK.

Maximum path width: 463 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 47s

2016 Eclipse
  9 March 2016

Indonesia (including Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi), Pacific Ocean.

Maximum path width: 155 km

Maximum duration of totality: 4m 09s

2017 Eclipse
  21 August 2017

Pacific Ocean, several states of the USA, Atlantic Ocean.

A small partial eclipse will be visible at sunset in the UK.

Maximum path width: 115 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 40s

2019 Eclipse
  2 July 2019

A long eclipse in the Pacific Ocean ending in Chile and Argentina (sunset).

Maximum path width: 200 km

Maximum duration of totality: 4m 32s

2020 Eclipse
  14 December 2020

The Pacific Ocean, Chile, Argentina and the Atlantic Ocean.

Maximum path width: 90 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 09s

2021 Eclipse
  4 December 2021

The Antarctic.

Maximum path width: 418 km

Maximum duration of totality: 1m 54s

2023 Eclipse
  20 April 2023

A Hybrid Eclipse, total for most of its length. The Indian Ocean, Western coastal Australia, Indonesia (Irian Jaya), East Timor, the Pacific Ocean.

Maximum path width: 49 km

Maximum duration of totality: 1m 16s

2024 Eclipse
  8 April 2024

Pacific Ocean, Mexico, USA, Eastern Canada, Northern Atlantic Ocean.

A small partial eclipse will be visible at sunset in the UK.

Maximum path width: 198 km

Maximum duration of totality: 4m 28s

2026 Eclipse
  12 August 2026

Northern Greenland, Western Iceland, Portugal, Spain.

Maximum path width: 294 km

Maximum duration of totality: 2m 18s

2027 Eclipse
  2 August 2027

Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia.

Maximum path width: 258 km

Maximum duration of totality: 6m 23s


Eclipse Trivia

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

 
Maximum
Minimum
Mean
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.


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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.