Where and when to observe the next total solar eclipse

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Where and when to observe the next total solar eclipse

Millions of people were spellbound on Monday by a total solar eclipse in Mexico, the United States and Canada, which briefly plunged much of humanity into darkness.

So where can we see the next one?

You will be able to attend the rare phenomenon in Spain and Portugal on August 12, 2026. It will also be visible in Greenland, Iceland and Russia.

This will be the first European total eclipse for 27 years.

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One year later, on August 2, 2027, another total solar eclipse will be visible in Spain and throughout North Africa.

If you are in southern Africa, on a boat in the Indian Ocean, or in parts of Australia on November 25, 2030, you will have a total eclipse.

Technically, much of the United States and South America will get another one on November 14, 2031, but it will be after dark.

If you’re in Alaska or Russia, you’ll be able to see the next one on March 30, 2033, but that will be the last chance to see one for a while. Technically, the next one will take place again at nightfall, on the night of September 1, 2035, and will pass over Asia.

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The next visible total eclipse will occur on August 23, 2044 and will pass over parts of the United States, including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, as well as parts of Canada and Greenland.

Finally, on August 12, 2045, a total solar eclipse will follow a similar path to this year, crossing the United States and South America.

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Total eclipse seen from space

There will be many annular and lunar eclipses between these dates.

An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is near its furthest point from Earth, making it appear smaller, according to NASA.

A combination of images shows the beginning to end (left to right) of a total solar eclipse as seen from Mazatlan, Mexico April 8, 2024. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A combination of images shows the start to finish (left to right at top) of a total solar eclipse as seen from Mazatlan, Mexico. Image: Reuters/Henry Romero

People use special protective glasses to watch a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico, April 8, 2024. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero
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People observe a total solar eclipse in Mazatlan, Mexico, April 8, 2024. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

As a result, it does not completely block the sun, but the sun appears as a ring of light above the moon’s shadow.

A lunar eclipse can turn the moon a deep red. This only happens when there is a new moon.

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When Earth is directly between the Sun and the Moon, its shadow falls on the Moon’s surface and darkens it.

In a few hours, the moon can turn red.

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