When is the next solar eclipse?

Between the years 2001 and 2100 there will be 224 eclipses, with 68 of them total. For the most recent and the next solar eclipse see our maps below. You will only be able to see a solar eclipse if you are in a location within the path of the eclipse shadow across the planet, which varies completely for every single eclipse. In terms of seeing one, everything about a solar eclipse is specific to one day along a clearly defined route across the globe.

If you are anywhere along the eclipse path for a specific event, you will – weather-permitting - see some form of eclipse on the specified date. Along part of that path, the eclipse will be total, meaning the moon's silhouette will completely cover the sun for the very short period of darkness known as 'totality'. There will also be part of the path where the sun will appear partly eclipsed. During East Africa's annular eclipse due on June 21, 2020, however, the moon won't quite cover the sun - leaving a spectacular, blazing "ring of fire" around the moon's silhouette. And anywhere on earth not on the path of a particular eclipse will not notice anything odd at all!

Upcoming solar eclipse paths

The map shows the paths of upcoming total solar eclipses. Icons represent the point of greatest eclipse.

Note: greatest eclipse is not the same as greatest duration, but the difference is likely to be measured in tenths of a second.

Our top Solar eclipse Holiday

Chile solar eclipse tour in 2019

Chile solar eclipse tour in 2019

Chile solar eclipse and Observatories tour

From £4815 11 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2019: 23 Jun
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Festivals & events

American Wilderness
Astronomy Festivals

Astronomy festivals in US national parks offer amazing backdrops for spectacular star gazing, combining wilderness with good access, facilities and experts on hand. Utah's Bryce Canyon astronomy festival (June) takes place amid surreal eroded rock pillars called hoodoos, while Nevada's Great Basin National Park astrofest (September) offers fantastic telescopes to help peer at some of America's finest night skies.
Written by Norman Miller
Photo credits: [Page banner: James Niland] [Intro: Bernd Thaller] [American Wilderness Astronomy Festivals: LassenNPS]
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