On Monday, April 8, 2024 a totality lasting as long as 4 minutes 28 seconds—the longest for centuries—will come to Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
A 100 miles-wide “path of totality”—the Moon’s shadow—will pass over 15 U.S. States. Only inside that path will eclipse-chasers be able to see and experience the wonders of totality; rapidly dropping temperatures, quickly gathering darkness, drop-dead gorgeous “diamond rings” around the Moon, and a few minutes to gawp at the Sun’s outer atmosphere—the solar corona—spilling into space.
Here’s where to see it:
- Mexico (best weather prospects): Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila
- U.S. (easiest travel options): Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
- Canada: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
However, dig into those locations and you get these 10 stunning places to experience totality from:
- Mazatlán on the Pacific coast of Mexico (to see “first dark”)
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas
- Austin, Texas
- Dallas, Texas
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Terrapin Point, Niagara Falls
- Montreal, Canada
After 2024’s “Great North American Eclipse” are several other total solar eclipses visible from the U.S:
- March 30, 2033: Alaska
- August 23, 2044: Montana, North Dakota in the US and Northwest Territories and Alberta in Canada
- August 12, 2045: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
It’s not just North America that is now in the midst of a solar eclipse-frenzy. Australia has arguably an even better haul of totalities coming up with five visible from “the lucky country” in just 15 years—2023, 2028, 2030, 2037 and 2038.