Where to see the next solar eclipse


September 2, 2035

This solar eclipse will touch four countries with a maximum total duration of 2 minutes 54 seconds.

In China, Jiuquan is the first city under the umbra whose millions of inhabitants will enjoy 51 seconds of totality. Baotou’s 2 million residents will experience 49 seconds and Datong’s 3.5 million will enjoy 1 minute 32 seconds. Then the totality reaches Beijing, where the city center will experience a totality of 1 minute 30 seconds at 32 ° of the sun. Two other notable cities along the way are Tangshan (45 seconds total time) and Qinhuangdao (1 minute 56 seconds total time).

Next, the shadow moves to North Korea. It touches the outskirts of Pyongyang, where the totality at the northern end of the city will last 1 minute 54 seconds. The umbra also covered Wŏnsan for 2 minutes 6 seconds.

In South Korea, solar eclipse observers should go to the border with North Korea. At this point the total is 1 minute 44 seconds with the sun over open water towards the southeast.

Finally the road leads to Japan, south of Wajima. Four cities that would make good bases are Toyama, Nagano, Maebashi, and Takasaki. They offer total durations of 1 minute 47 seconds, 2 minutes 16 seconds, 2 minutes 13 seconds and 1 minute 57 seconds, respectively.

Unfortunately, Tokyo is a little south of the way. From the city center, the moon covers “only” 99.5 percent of the sun. With so many amateur astronomers in Japan, it is certain that there will be a huge migration north from Tokyo.

July 13, 2037

During this solar eclipse, only Australia and New Zealand will experience the umbra. The maximum total duration is 3 minutes 58 seconds.

Totality arrives in Geraldton, mainland Australia, where it takes 2 minutes 34 seconds. Go 25 miles (40 km) south and you will gain 21 extra seconds. Almost in the center of Australia there is one of the greatest opportunities to photograph the solar eclipse when totality takes place at Uluru / Ayers Rock, a massive sandstone rock formation. There it takes 3 minutes 4 seconds with the sun 40 ° high in the north-northeast. Any imager on the south-southwest side of this site could capture the eclipsed sun over Australia’s greatest natural wonder.

Eventually the path meets Brisbane. The southern border of this city will experience totality for 2 minutes 20 seconds. Mobile solar eclipse watchers won’t stop there, however. You continue south, perhaps to Rathdowney, for 3 minutes and 32 seconds of totality.

Eventually the umbra contacts the North Island of New Zealand. If possible, consider the solar eclipse from the west end of the island. There the totality lasts 2 minutes 22 seconds with the sun 14 ° over an ocean horizon.

December 26, 2038

As with the previous eclipse, the umbra will only touch Australia and New Zealand. The maximum total duration is 2 minutes 18 seconds.

It reaches Australia at Onslow, which is on the west coast of the country. Everyone there sees 1 minute 4 seconds of totality. Adelaide will be a good base. Solar eclipse hunters heading north from there, perhaps to Burra, will enjoy 1 minute 53 seconds of totality. And in Mallacoota, on the southeast coast, the total lasts 2 minutes 9 seconds.

In New Zealand, the umbra of the moon touches the northern tip of the South Island as well as the southern part of the North Island. Savvy eclipse hunters could settle in the country’s capital, Wellington, and then head north to the centerline near Foxton, where the total is 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

Dec 15, 2039

This solar eclipse will be a difficult task for most people as it only touches Antarctica. The maximum duration of the total is 1 minute 51 seconds. The umbra misses McMurdo Station, the largest settlement on the continent, by only 100 km. Cruise lines offer tours here, but it is very likely that Eclipse hunters will be watching the event at the beginning, about 1,000 km south of New Zealand. From there, the totality lasts 1 minute 30 seconds with the sun 10 ° above the ocean horizon.

April 30, 2041

This solar eclipse hits five countries. The maximum total duration is 1 minute 51 seconds. Angola’s capital Luanda will be 1 minute 47 seconds long, but the route will only meet a few more cities.

Next, the Umbra visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Residents on the northern edge of Kikwit who position themselves on the banks of the Kwilu River will see 56 seconds of totality. Another big city is Butembo, whose southern edge gets 54 seconds.

In Uganda, the umbra will include many small towns. One base is the capital Kampala, a city with 1.7 million inhabitants. From there, travelers can head north to Extreme Adventure Park Busika, where totality lasts 1 minute 15 seconds.

In Kenya, Nairobi offers a lot of accommodation, but visitors can drive to Kitale, where the whole is 1 minute 1 second. Nature lovers can watch from Wamba, where totality lasts 47 seconds. The city is north of the Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve, both of which are home to abundant wildlife populations.

The duration of totality in Somalia is 55 seconds on the western border of the country and 48 seconds on the coast of the Somali Sea. Unfortunately, there are only a few towns and villages along the way.


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