Missed The 2017 Solar Eclipse? US To Witness One In 2024
There has been so much hype surrounding the 2017 Great American Total Solar Eclipse since the previous solar event that swept across the United States from coast to coast happened almost a century ago.
Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to watch the moon photobomb the sun on Aug. 21, but those who didn't get the chance to watch the eclipse in action can still wait for the next one that will occur in North America on April 8, 2024.
That's right, Tech Times did explain that solar eclipses are not really so rare so Americans don't even have to wait too long to witness the next one. The main difference will be the 2024 eclipse's path of totality, which would travel in a diagonal path going northeastward from Texas to Maine.
The Next American Total Solar Eclipse
As already mentioned, the 2024 eclipse will not be as big as the one Americans just witnessed but its peak will be longer, so that is a big bonus.
Compared with the 2017 total solar eclipse which peaked at a little over two minutes in the path of totality, experts expect the 2024 eclipse to peak for twice as long at four-and-a-half minutes. Carbondale, Illinois, along with a few other cities in the 2017 eclipse's path, will be in the path of totality again; however, Mexico will experience the greatest eclipse, as well as the longest duration.
Take a look at NASA's animated map of the 2024 solar eclipse's path of totality below.
The 2044 Total Solar Eclipse
According to NASA, the United States will see its next total solar eclipse on Aug. 23, 2044 but Americans should not expect too much because its path of totality is not wide. It will only traverse North Dakota to Montana before moving up to Canada so the experience may not prove satisfying for eclipse watchers.
Before complaining, however, NASA notes that a total solar eclipse is coming to the United States the following year and it will be even greater than the 2017 eclipse.
The 2045 Total Solar Eclipse: Wider Path, Longer Duration
On Aug. 12, 2045, a solar eclipse that will traverse coast to coast will occur in the United States again. The 2045 eclipse, however, will have a wider path of totality, move farther south, and transpire for an estimated time of six long minutes.
Those who really cannot wait any longer can take a look at NASA's schedule of solar eclipses to find out when and where the moon will block out the sun next.