It's one of humanity's eternal questions: WHEN IS THE NEXT ECLIPSE?!
If anyone wants the low-down on the whens, wheres, how to's ... and whys ... of eclipse-chasing, I made this Webinar with Sky & Telescope.
Should you risk 2019's eclipse in Chile? The eclipse will be very low in the sky ... so Chile 2020 is better, right? Well, not exactly ......
2021's a bust. Unless you're uber-rich.
2023 in Australia? Ooh, tempting .... VERY tempting. 'Tis the season to swim with Whalesharks.
ONE HOUR of chat about where exactly to go, ALWAYS with one eye on the weather prospects.
Includes a discussion of Eclipse flights (2019! 2021!) and much, much more.
Now available for download from Sky & Telescope!
On-Demand Webinar: When Is the Next Eclipse? How to Plan a Trip to See Another Total Solar Eclipse
By Jamie Carter
Format: 60-minutes Web Seminar Download
Do you want to see another eclipse?
Will you journey to Chile in 2019 or 2020 to observe a total solar eclipse? Which eclipse presents the best chance of clear skies? Are there any “secret” locations that might make it easier? Should you join an expensive organized tour or travel independently? Why not just wait until 2024's eclipse in the U.S.? All these questions and more will be answered in this presentation, which will discuss total solar eclipses up to 2027 to help you choose which ones are best for you. The talk will also describe annular solar eclipses and discuss whether these are worth traveling around the world to view.
Seeing a solar eclipse under clear skies is never guaranteed, but you can maximize your chances, your budget, and your time with this ultimate guide to eclipse-chasing in the next decade.
Don't miss our Sky & Telescope webinar today! https://www.shopatsky.com/live-webinar-next-eclipse-r8007
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Delighted to announce that I will be hosting a live webinar for Sky & Telescope on Thursday on my favourite topic – When is the next eclipse?
Photographers were out in force for August 21’s Total Solar Eclipse in the U.S. so it’s not surprising that there were some stunning images captured from across the huge Path of Totality. Here is a selection of our faves.
The new ‘Crossroads of the Eclipses’ is in Texas
A Ring of Fire eclipse in 2023 will be followed by a Total Solar Eclipse in 2024.
Everybody knows that Carbondale, Illinois is the official ‘Crossroads of the Eclipses’ – it enjoyed Totality on August 21 and, remarkably, it will once again fall under the Moon’s shadow on April 8, 2024....
But Carbondale – or, rather, Little Egypt – is not the only Crossroads of the Eclipses. There’s another one in Texas.
A swathe of Texas will experience Totality on April 8, 2024, but six months before on October 14, 2023 it will also experience an Annular Eclipse – better known as a Ring of Fire. It doesn’t get dark, and it’s not possible to see Totality, but it’s still a spectacular sight.
Though eclipse safety glasses must be worn at all times, viewers will see a smaller Moon fit inside the disc of the Sun for just over five minutes, creating a Ring of Fire.
Austin, Texas is just outside the overlapping of the Paths of Totality, but the intersection of the centerline of both Paths occurs over Lost Maple State Natural Area. An area of hills, valleys, rivers and canyons, it boasts great views and cooler temperatures. There are plenty of hiking trails in the area, too.
As a bonus for amateur astronomers, this area often has a Dark Sky Star Party organised by members of the San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA), Curtis Vaughn Observatory staff & Lost Maples SNA staff.
Photo credit: Alec Norman/Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License
What to see another eclipse? Start planning (lots of) trips to Australia
When is the next solar eclipse? Get ready for trips to the Southern Hemisphere in 2024, 2028, 2030, 2037 and 2038
When is the next eclipse? Actually, it’s on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Chile and Argentina, but it’s Australia and New Zealand that are the places to be over the next 20 years – and there’s even one at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The land Down Under is about to enter a frenzied period that will see FIVE Total Solar Eclipses between now and 2038 – the last one on Boxing Day! They actually all occur between 2023 and 2038, so that’s an average of one ever three years, though after a run of three in six years there’s a seven-year gap until the next one in 2037.
There’s a general trend for Total Solar Eclipses to occur south of the equator over the next few decades, so eclipse-chasers should consider their long-term travel plans for visiting the Southern Hemisphere.
Here’s some dates for your eclipse-chasing diary:
1 – April 8, 2024
Popular observation points: Exmouth, WA
2 – July 22, 2028
Popular observation points: Warmun, WA, Sydney, NSW, & Queenstown, New Zealand
3 – November 25, 2030
Popular observation points: Parachilna, South Australia and Cunnamulla, Queensland
4 – July 13, 2037
Popular observation points: Uluru (Ayers Rock), Byron Bay & Gold Coast, Queensland, Lake Taupo, New Zealand
5 – December 26, 2038
Popular observation points: Onslow, WA, Ouyen, Victoria and Palmerston North, New Zealand
Photo: Tourism NT
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How to be an eclipse-chaser
Here’s what you need to know to chase totality around the globe
If you saw totality last week and have already started planning how to see the next one, welcome to the club. You’re now an eclipse-chaser. It’s a much understood hobby because very few people have seen an eclipse and understand the appeal. That all changed last week when over 12 million people were inside the Path of Totality to witness a total eclipse of the Sun....
Will you––and possibly millions of other Americans–– now plan a lifetime of vacations around the dates of total solar eclipses? If so, there are a few things you need to know. Get into maps. There are some fabulous resources online, from NASA and Xavier Jubier, and you can spend hours poring over them deciding on the bet places to visit for each eclipse. Or you could just buy our new publication:
When Is The Next Eclipse? When, where & how to see solar & lunar eclipses. Travel guide 2018-2030 [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07467RRLS].
You will also need plenty of money and time since most of the upcoming total solar eclipses are in the southern hemisphere. However, don’t discount ‘annular‘ partial solar eclipses––also called a Ring of Fire––which can also be pretty despite the need to constantly wear solar eclipse safety glasses. We’ve included details of all of those events, as well as the dates and best observing locations for all total lunar eclipses in the next decade or so.
Photo credit: Canva
Lost Maple in Texas will see TWO #eclipses in SIX MONTHS @LostMapleTX @VisitAustinTX
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Eclipse of 2017 has created a new generation of eclipse-chasers
What will August’s new ‘Generation Eclipse’ mean for eclipse-chasing from 2019 onwards?
It used to be an esoteric minority sport that few people knew about, but eclipse-chasing suddenly has 100 million new fans all asking the same question: when is the next eclipse?...
“Most likely after TSE 2017 a new generation of Americans will chase solar eclipses, just like it did happen with TSE 1970,” says Xavier Jubier, a cartographer who develops Google Maps for eclipses [http://xjubier.free.fr/…/site_…/SolarEclipsesGoogleMaps.html].
Is the USA hooked on eclipses? Maybe, but it won’t have to wait long to satiate its new thirst for Totality; another Total Solar Eclipse will sweep across Mexico, the USA and Canada on April 8, 2024.
So does this mean that the new band of eclipse fans won’t bother traveling to see eclipses in other parts of the world? “Since they have another one in 2024, I’m not completely sure there will be a big surge for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2023 as most of those eclipses have some particularities that make them somewhat more difficult to attend.”
“But after 2024 there will definitely be a big change, and some new blood, as ‘the 1970 eclipse generation’ will be replaced by the ‘2017-2024 eclipse generation’,” said Jubier.
Jubier himself is excited abut returning to Antartica in 2021, but he’s most looking forward to the Total Solar Eclipse over Luxor in Egypt in 2027. “It’s likely the next longest of my remaining lifetime,” he says.
Photo credit: Public domain (pixabay.com)
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Understanding different types of eclipse
Total, Annular, Partial or Lunar? Know what to expect before you make plans to travel.
It pays to know the difference between the types of eclipse – and know that the very NEXT eclipse is a Total Lunar Eclipse (‘Blood Moon’) on January 31, 2018, which is visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific & North America....
So what are the types of eclipse?
1 – Total Solar Eclipse
This is the one worth travelling for – and what those within the Path of Totality in the USA saw on August 21, 2017. Only possible at New Moon, a Total Solar Eclipse happens when the Sun and Moon’s paths cross exactly. Stand anywhere in the hallowed Path of Totality and you’ll witness a blackout for a few minutes – and an awesome view of the Sun’s corona.
2 – Annular Solar Eclipse
Although total darkness doesn’t occur, an annular eclipse can be inspiring. It happens when the Moon’s orbital path takes it furthest from the Earth, so the Sun appears slightly bigger in the sky and isn’t fully eclipsed. One witness has described the Sun as looking like ‘a bicycle wheel on fire’. Others call it a ‘Ring of Fire’. Either way, it’s a great spectacle to see, though it never gets dark and you have to use solar filter safety glasses throughout the event.
3 – Partial Solar Eclipse
This is when the Moon takes a chunk out of the Sun. It’s an event in its own right – though a potentially dangerous one to view with the naked eye. This is exactly what everyone in the USA – and far beyond – saw on August 21, 2017 if they didn’t get themselves into the Path of Totality. It’s also what everyone within the Path of Totality saw in the run-up to the moments of Totality. Almost as good as a Total Solar Eclipse? Absolutely not!
4 – Lunar Eclipse
Rather than witnessing the Moon’s shadow racing across the Earth, a Lunar eclipse is the opposite. The Earth casts a shadow that’s bigger than the Moon, so when a Full Moon passes into it, it becomes invisible, right? Wrong. The Earth’s atmosphere distorts the Sun’s rays, so once the Earth’s shadow has slowly crossed to cover whole of the Moon, it turns a copper colour. It’s a beautiful sight, and it lingers for hours at a time. But is it worth travelling for? Probably not – stay where you are and you’ll see a Lunar Eclipse every few years or so.
When Is The Next Eclipse? When, where & how to see solar & lunar eclipses. Travel guide 2018-2030 [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07467RRLS]
Photo credit: Public domain
Was the eclipse a once in a lifetime event? Well, actually ...
There’s another one coming to the USA in 2024. Get ready!
And you thought August 21 was a one-off? Mark April 8, 2024 in your calendar for a little under seven years after the Great American Eclipse comes the Great North American Eclipse, when the Moon-shadow will race across the entire continent once again.
When Is The Next Eclipse? When, where & how to see solar & lunar eclipses. Travel guide 2018-2030 [https://goo.gl/P8Ri5J]
So where does it go? Unlike the eclipse of August 21, 2017, the one on April 8, 2024 goes through Mexico and Canada as well as the USA. After making land at the city of Mazatlan in Mexico and crossing the states of Durango and Coahuila, Totality will sweep across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont and Maine, and New Brunswick and Newfoundland in Canada.
Stand anywhere within the Path of Totality and you’ll get between 3 minutes 30 seconds and 4 minutes 30 seconds of Totality – over a minute more than in 2017.
However, there is one area of the USA where the paths of the 2017 and 2024 shadows cross – Carbondale, Illinois, the ‘Crossroads of the Eclipses‘.
There is another crossroads, too; Austin in Texas will experience Totality on April 8, 2024, but earlier that year on October 14, 2023 will also experience an Annular Solar Eclipse – a kind of partial eclipse better known as a Ring of Fire. It doesn’t get dark, and it’s not possible to see Totality, but it’s still a spectacular sight.
When Is The Next Eclipse? When, where & how to see solar & lunar eclipses. Travel guide 2018-2030 [https://goo.gl/P8Ri5J]
Here's why the 2024 eclipse in the U.S. will be a bigger event than in 2017
So, what are you doing in seven years?
It’s boom-time for eclipse-chasers; August 21 was the highest concentration of people that have ever been touched by totality – and it’s all happening again 2024....
And it will be a much, much bigger event.
“We calculate that even if 1% of the 12 million that live within the Path of Totality in 2017 finds a passion for eclipse chasing, that will effectively create a much larger audience for eclipse-chasing,” says Aram Kaprielian, International President at TravelQuest International, who’s seen over 20 total solar eclipses. “There will be many thousands more people in the US that will at least know that a solar eclipse occurs in the daytime – a new educated audience.”
Cue the Great North American Eclipse, which on April 8, 2024, makes land at the city of Mazatlan in Mexico and crosses the states of Durango and Coahuila, then Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont and Maine, and New Brunswick and Newfoundland in Canada. Stand anywhere within the Path of Totality and you’ll get between 3 minutes 30 seconds and 4 minutes 30 seconds of Totality – over a minute more than in 2017. A partial eclipse will be visible to the entirety of North America.
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