Solar eclipses may only last a few minutes but they provide a glorious spur to create lifelong memories around the sky show. And they take place in a host of diverse, distinctive spots. In August 2017, you can hit America's NW corner
and discover the joys of Washington State and Oregon - rugged Pacific coast, unspoilt wilderness, sophisticated cities like Seattle and Portland, stupendous mountains including Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens - still scarred by its cataclysmic 1980s eruption. Or head to Tanzania
in September, taking in Kilimanjaro, Big Five national parks and tribal culture.
Want to see an eclipse in 2019? Then Chile
are your best bet for landscapes which are truly out of this world. NASA may have used the arid Atacama desert to stand-in for Mars but their earthly vistas are just as awesome. Think salt plains, granite towers, icy fjords and glacial fields beneath star-spangled heavens.
For a real trip of a life time, Antarctica
will be the place to see December 2021's total eclipse. The austral summer brings new light, and life, to the continent as seal pups, penguin chicks and whale calves make their debut. Just don't forget to pack your camera.