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The Next Solar Eclipse

Updated on May 7, 2013

Find out about the next Solar Eclipse here

If you have ever seen a total solar eclipse, you know that they bring special experiences to the observers lucky enough to be in the path of totality. You also know that they are very rare. Indeed, all solar eclipses are quite rare. When is the next solar eclipse? Will it be a partial or a total eclipse? Where will it be visible? These are the standard questions that get asked about eclipses all the time. This lens will answer those questions.

Each of the next solar eclipses will be featured here. As the eclipse date passes, the lens will be updated to highlight the next solar eclipse. It will also feature photos and stories from the recently passed eclipse. Check back to find out about the next solar eclipse. You will know when, where and what type of solar eclipse is next.

The May 2013 annular eclipse is the current next solar eclipse. The shadow of the moon mainly travels across the southern Pacific Ocean this time. The shadow path hits the surface in Australia where it will be visible in a narrow band through Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

Click on the photo to see the path of the August 2017 total solar eclipse
Click on the photo to see the path of the August 2017 total solar eclipse

The Next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States

...not until 2017

The United States, and all of North America, in fact, has not witnessed a total solar eclipse for many years. The last one to visit was in 1991 when the spectacular event passed across the Pacific Ocean, plunging the big island of Hawaii into darkness. It then landed in Mexico. Prior to that, the USA saw a total solar eclipse in 1979. The next one doesn't happen until August 21, 2017 when the states of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina get to experience an eclipse. Despite the fact that this event tracks completely across the country, the actual areas that see the entire spectacle of the total solar eclipse is small. In fact, Iowa, for example, has merely a few square miles in the extreme southwest corner of the state that experiences all phases of the eclipse. Viewers will actually want to bypass this area in order to maximize their excitement.

Rather than standby and experience a less than thrilling total solar eclipse when it visits the United States on August 21, 2017, eclipse fans should move to areas that are directly in the center of the shadow of the moon. At this point, the effects of the eclipse last the longest. Away from the center, the sun will be totally eclipsed for very short periods, as low as one second. Beyond the path of the moon's shadow, the sun will be in partial eclipse only. In order to maximize your eclipse experience, you should move to good vantage points. Be sure to watch the weather as well. Clouds are to be avoided.



Eclipse Center


Eclipse Viewing



Depoe Bay, 1 minute, 58 seconds

First US settlement to witness the total solar eclipse


Salem, 1min53s

Eclipse center passes midway between Salem and Albany, 2min



Near miss. Residents should travel north to Madras, 2min3s



Near miss. Residents should travel north to Lime, 2min9s


Jackson, 2min15s

Grand Teton National Park as well


Casper, 2min26s




Near miss. Residents should travel north to Glendo State Park, 2min27s



Near miss. Travel to Grand Island, 2min33s


Whole state

Near miss. Travel to St. Joseph, Mo, 2m37s


St. Louis

Near miss. Travel to Festus, 2min37s


Whole state

Visible near Carbondale, 2min38s



View in extreme southwest, Hopkinsville, 2min39s



1min56s. 2min39s at Gallatin



Near miss. Travel to Anderson, 2min37s

South Carolina


Last US settlement to witness the total solar eclipse, 1min44s

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    • TanjaCrouch profile image

      TanjaCrouch 4 years ago

      great lens, thank you

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      MexicoTravel 5 years ago

      I remember the 11-July-1991. It was my first eclipse experience!

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      AdamzPg 5 years ago

      New Zealand Eclipse>>? When is it!?

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      beebo12 lm 5 years ago

      That will be fun!

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      beebo12 lm 5 years ago

      That will be fun!

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      stevemz 5 years ago

      Can't wait until the next eclipse :)

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      surfer1969 lm 5 years ago

      I was working at a perkin at the time,but seen It get dark outside during the daylight hrs.Nice lens.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Very cool!!

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I remember a solar eclipse when I was a child -- I was so excited about it. These days life is so busy that I don't even consider trying to witness events like these. I guess I need to make time to "smell the roses," so to speak. :-}

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I remember seeing an eclipse as a child - but the memory is very dim :) Happy to see your awesome niche!

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Awesome page!

      You are blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember eclipses as a child when the folks would have us look through a pin hole in a cardboard, it sure was tempting to look at it and there is better eye protection these days. I sure did get some teaching from you today...always excellent!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A Solar Eclipse is something many should experience, it's only a Natural Occurrence! ;D

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      DanielTiley 6 years ago

      Can't wait, I missed the last one.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Marking my calendar for the annular solar eclipse due May 20th, 2012. Thank you so much for this very informative lens. I

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      Fitness2go 6 years ago

      I can't wait for the next one!

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      verkeerd 6 years ago

      The shape of the shadows became quite peculiar during the last eclipse I've witnessed.

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      tonymoreira lm 6 years ago

      have to mark the calendar

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      theoxingyi lm 6 years ago

      I'm just north of the path again! Darn.

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      Darn! I came here to see if there was one coming up and it looks like I just missed it! :(

      Oh well, guess I'll have to wait. Very cool lens though!

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Very informative article on an interesting topic. Eclipses always make me wonder what the ancients must have thought, when the gods took away the sun!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I am living in exactly the right location for the May 20, 2012 eclipse. I'll be ready! Thanks for this great information.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Ive really been wondering about the big one that is due to hit December 2012 that only comes around every 25,000 one really knows what that one will be like though. Great article. Very well done. Best wishes.