When is the next total solar eclipse? 2024 'will be even better'

Barney Henderson

The 'Great American Eclipse' captivated millions around the world - it was the most-observed and most-photographed eclipse in history.

However, if you misssed it, do not despair: the next eclipse takes place on July 2, 2019 - crossing Chile and Argentina.

Great American eclipse, in pictures

And Americans won't have to wait long for the next US eclipse - an event that many scientists believe will be even more impressive than Monday's natural wonder.

Britons will have to wait somewhat longer.

Great American eclipse, in pictures

Chile and Argentina are next

An eclipse on July 2, 2019 will span a huge arc across the southern Pacific, before crossing South America.

The moon is expected to block out the sun for up to 4 minutes and 33 seconds over Chile and Argentina - far longer than Monday's 'Great American Eclipse', which lasted a little more than two minutes in the path of totality.

Chile and Argentina also have the good fortune of being under the path of a total eclipse the following year, in 2020.

The solar eclipse near Banner, Wyoming

The Second Great American Eclipse

Americans will have to wait less than seven years for the next total solar eclipse - an event that scientists predict will top the August 21 2017 event.

The path of the total eclipse will travel through Mexico, Texas and up across the highly-populated north-east of the US.

The April 8, 2024 eclipse will pass over cities such as Austin, Dallas, Cleveland, New York, and Montreal.

It will hit Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which also witnessed the total eclipse on Monday. 

The university has branded itself "The Eclipse Crossroads of America".

The last total eclipse in the US was 38 years ago.

eclipse

How about the UK?

It's a long time before there'll be another total solar eclipse in the UK - 73 years to be precise. 

There have been just eight total eclipses in Britain across the past five centuries.

1999 was the last one, which was visible in Devon and Cornwall. There won't be another until September 23, 2090.

Other notable forthcoming eclipses

  • 2021: Antarctica 2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
  • 2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia
  • 2028: Australia, New Zealand
  • 2030: Botswana, South Africa, Australia

To keep updated, Nasa keeps a record of every solar eclipse that will take place over the next 1,000 years.

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