AUG 23, 2017 07:09 AM PDT
When Will the Next Solar Eclipse Be in the United States?
WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
3 5 468

We know; you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 by now, especially since it already came and went. Nevertheless, not everyone got a chance to see it in person on Monday, and some are already wondering when the next viewing opportunity will come.

An image of the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse as the Sun was 85% covered by the Moon.

Image Credit: Anthony Bouchard/LabRoots

Anyone residing in the United States that missed the chance to view the solar eclipse on Monday will have another opportunity to see one on April 8th, 2024. While seven years into the future might seem like a while to wait, it’s just a blink of an eye when it comes to outer space.

The next United States-baed solar eclipse won’t travel from Northwest to Southeast across the country like the one on Monday did. Instead, it will move from Southwest to Northeast, giving a new audience the chance to experience totality. Worthy of note, many of the same viewers from Monday's eclipse will be able to view the next one as well.

But even if you can’t make it outside to see the solar eclipse in 2024, then fear not; yet another one of these spectacular events is predicted to occur in the United States on August 12th, 2045.

Related: 'Maunder Minimum'-like solar behavior is expected in the next few decades

The 2045 solar eclipse is in the far more distant in the future, but it will travel just South of the same path that Monday’s did, giving nearly the same audience in the United States a second chance to see what they missed 28 years earlier.

Solar eclipses frequently happen all over the world, but if you don’t travel and instead remain in the same spot on the Earth all the time, then you probably won’t see one very often.

Many regard solar eclipses as "once-in-a-lifetime" events as a result, even though that's not entirely accurate. The big challenge of viewing many solar eclipses in a lifetime stems from being in the right place at the right time, which often isn’t the case for most people.

Those who travel to other parts of the world more frequently have a better chance of seeing many in their lifetime, but even being a traveler doesn't guarantee you a front-row seat to viewing several solar eclipses. Sometimes they occur in the middle of the ocean, or over Antarctica, where human populations are practically non-existent.

Fortunately, now you know of the soonest upcoming solar eclipse dates in the United States. Assuming you can even find a 2024 or 2045 calendar in stores, you can go ahead and mark them accordingly with confidence.

Source: EarthSky

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
FEB 13, 2018
Space & Astronomy
FEB 13, 2018
NASA's SDO Kicks Off Eclipse Season With Stunning Footage
Given the Sun’s importance in our solar system, NASA spends a considerable amount of time studying it with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Imag
FEB 28, 2018
Space & Astronomy
FEB 28, 2018
Three Spacemen Return to Earth After 168 Days in Space
International space agencies, including NASA, routinely send astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station to study space physics and furthe
MAR 19, 2018
Space & Astronomy
MAR 19, 2018
A Potential Lead on Oumuamua's Origins
Back in October of last year, astronomers observed an interstellar space rock as it zipped through our solar system at break-neck speeds. In fact, said spe
APR 24, 2018
Space & Astronomy
APR 24, 2018
Is This One of the Darkest Exoplanets Ever Found?
Astronomers are always discovering new exoplanets, and each one exhibits unique characteristics that set it apart from the rest. One of the most significan
MAY 06, 2018
Space & Astronomy
MAY 06, 2018
Radio Signals Received From NASA's MarCO CubeSats Say "Polo!"
Over the weekend, NASA received some of the first radio signals from a pair of deep space-bound CubeStats that are collectively known as MarCO. Amusingly,
MAY 16, 2018
Space & Astronomy
MAY 16, 2018
NASA Astronauts Swap Cooling System Parts and Install Upgrades During Latest Spacewalk
Two NASA astronauts left the safety of the International Space Station on Wednesday to perform an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) – or more colloquial
Loading Comments...