Next Solar Eclipse

If you couldn’t take off work today or feared the traffic and ballooning travel costs, don’t despair. Start planning ahead now and you just might be able to outmaneuver the crowds while embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know about the next five total solar eclipses…just don’t forget to wear your eclipse glasses!

July 2, 2019

The next total eclipse occurs on July 2, 2019 in South America. The path of totality carves a swath through the middle of Chile and upper Argentina, areas accessible from capital cities Santiago and Buenos Aires. The maximum duration of the total eclipse is expected to exceed four-and-a-half minutes.

December 14, 2020

On December 14, 2020, a total eclipse will once again be visible in Chile and Argentina. The trajectory is further south than the 2019 eclipse and the duration is only about half as long at its peak. Bear in mind, however, that this eclipse coincides with the summer season in Chile and Argentina so it may be a more favorable time to visit.

December 4, 2021

Unless you plan to brave double-digit negative temperatures in remote Antarctica, you’re probably best off skipping this total solar eclipse and patiently waiting another two-and-a-half years for a more favorable location.

April 8, 2024

2024 marks the first year since 2017 that a total solar eclipse will be visible in North America. The path of totality will stretch from northern Mexico all the way to Newfoundland in Canada, passing through 14 states. The total eclipse will be visible from a number of major metropolitan regions, including Dallas, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Cleveland, OH; and Montreal, Canada.

August 12, 2026

Iceland and Spain are the best places to see the total solar eclipse in 2026. The eclipse will be visible from western Iceland, including capital city Reykjavík. The path of totality also includes much of northern Spain and passes just north of Madrid and west of Barcelona before concluding near Mallorca.

Annular Solar Eclipses

In addition to total eclipses, there are also several upcoming annular solar eclipses during which the moon appears smaller than the sun as it passes in front of the sun, resulting in a ring-of-fire visual effect. Save the dates for the next three: December 26, 2019 (Middle East, southern India, Southeast Asia), June 21, 2020 (Africa, Middle East, Asia), and June 10, 2021 (Canada, Russia).


About The Author

Jeff Rechler is a marketing communications professional whose travels have taken him across the globe to destinations as varied as Bolivia, Croatia, and Morocco.

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