Future eclipses

How to be an eclipse-chaser

Here’s what you need to know to chase totality around the globe

If you saw totality last week and have already started planning how to see the next one, welcome to the club. You’re now an eclipse-chaser. It’s a much understood hobby because very few people have seen an eclipse and understand the appeal. That all changed last week when over 12 million people were inside the Path of Totality to witness a total eclipse of the Sun.

Will you––and possibly millions of other Americans–– now plan a lifetime of vacations around the dates of total solar eclipses? If so, there are a few things you need to know. Get into maps. There are some fabulous resources online from NASA and Xavier Jubier, and you can spend hours poring over them, deciding on the best places to visit for each eclipse. Or you could buy our new publication:

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You will also need plenty of money and time since most of the upcoming total solar eclipses are in the southern hemisphere. However, don’t discount ‘annular‘ partial solar eclipses––also called a Ring of Fire––which can also be pretty despite the need to constantly wear solar eclipse safety glasses. We’ve included details of all of those events, as well as the dates and best-observing locations for all total lunar eclipses in the next decade or so.

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