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The 7 total solar eclipses every young North American will see this century

North America is now in a “golden age” of total solar eclipses

Image credit: Image by Jan Haerer from Pixabay

A ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse AND a total solar eclipse in six months is good celestial luck indeed for North America, but over the next 60 years it will be possible to experience no less than seven instances of nature’s greatest show in North America: 

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1. The ‘Great North American Eclipse’: 2024

  • The time and place(s) to be: April 8, 2024, Dallas, Texas/Niagara Falls/Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Max. duration of totality: 4 minutes 28 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

The next total solar eclipse to strike North America will occur on April 8, 2024, when the moon’s shadow will cross Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.

It could see up to 50 million people gather to watch the spectacle.

Clear skies are most likely in Mexico, with Texas a close second and the clear choice for those that want to stay within the U.S., though the moon’s shadow will bring a four-minute totality (or thereabouts) to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and, in Canada, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

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2. The ‘Northern Lights Eclipse’: 2033

  • The time and place(s) to be: March 30, 2033, Barrow (Utqiagvik)/Kotzebue/Nome, Alaska
  • Max. duration of totality: 2 minutes 37 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

Could the northern lights frame an eclipsed Sun during a 2-minute 30-second totality in Alaska? One of the minor total solar eclipses in the U.S. this century will occur just after sunrise on March 30, 2033, in Alaska.

Although clear weather is probably unlikely, it’s going to be worth taking a trip to Barrow/Utqiagvik, Kotzebue or Nome because it occurs during peak season for the aurora borealis.

3. The ‘49th Parallel Eclipse’: 2044

  • The time and place(s) to be: August 23, 2044, Banff National Park, Canada
  • Max. duration of totality: 2 minutes 4 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

It will then be a wait of 11 years until a short 90-second total solar eclipse on August 23, 2044, visible from Greenland, northern Canada, and in the U.S., only Montana and North Dakota near the Canadian border.

However, the place to be will surely be Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Canada, with Calgary and Edmonton also within the path of totality. 

4. The ‘Greatest American Eclipse’: 2045

  • The time and place(s) to be: August 12, 2045, Reno/Colorado Springs/Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • Max. duration of totality: 6 minutes 6 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

This is the epic eclipse of the century for North Americans. On August 12, 2045 when a stunning six minutes+ total solar eclipse rips across the central U.S., the eastern Caribbean, and the north-east coast of South America via Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Brazil. 

Port Saint Lucie, Florida, is where totality will maximize in the U.S. at 6 minutes 4 seconds. Big cities that experience totality will include Reno, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. 

5. The ‘South-East Eclipse I’: 2052

  • The time and place(s) to be: March 30, 2052, London, Kiribati/Grand Isle, Louisiana/Savannah, Georgia/Panama City, Florida
  • Max. duration of totality: 4 minutes 8 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

Here comes a long totality starting in Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean and ending in the North Atlantic via Puerto Vallarta and Laguna Madre in Mexico, and Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the US.

After throwing Savannah, Georgia under the Moon’s shadow the eclipse will move across Charleston, South Carolina as it departs the U.S. A totally eclipsed Sun just before sunset will be visible from cruise ships at sea just south of the Azores. 

6. The ‘South-East Eclipse II’: 2078

  • The time and place(s) to be: May 11, 2078, New Orleans/Atlanta/Kitty Hawk
  • Max. duration of totality: 5 minutes 40 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

A freakishly similar total solar eclipse 26 years later will see an almost identical path of totality, though shifted slightly north. This time Louisiana gets a long totality, with Atalanta in Georgia and Charlotte and Fayetteville in North Carolina also joining in. 

7. The ‘New York Minutes Eclipse’: 2079

  • The time and place(s) to be: May 1, 2079, New York City/Long Island/Martha’s Vineyard
  • Max. duration of totality: 2 minutes 55 seconds
  • Interactive Google Map

A total solar eclipse just after sunrise is the price for anyone willing to get high-up in Manhattan in 2079.

New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will all get a similar view before the path of totality exists north-eastern U.S. and strikes north-eastern Canada and Greenland.

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