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The Next Total Solar Eclipse Is After Decades - Enthusiasts Have To Wait Till 2044


The solar eclipse that graced the world on April 8, 2024, was a celestial marvel. It traced a path of totality, completely veiling the sun for an awe-inspiring 3.5 minutes. But if you're a stargazer eagerly anticipating the next cosmic spectacle, you'll need to hold on until 2044.

Monday’s total solar eclipse was visible from mainland America. It was first sighted on Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11.07 a.m., following 15 states of America, including Oklahoma, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Thousands of tourists crowded these states, waiting for a chance to witness this once-in-a-lifetime moment. 

Nahum Arav, the Virginia Tech astrophysicist, told CBS, “A total solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular things anyone can see in their lifetime. It looks like a black hole in the sky.”

Before 2024, there were total solar eclipses in 2017 and 1991 as well. According to NASA, an annular solar eclipse will be visible on October 2, 2024, from Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and North America.

Two partial solar eclipses follow another annular solar eclipse anticipated in 2025. As for a total solar eclipse, August 12, 2026, is the next estimated date to catch one in Europe, Africa, North America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean.

People who don’t mind traveling to witness astronomical marvels would be able to see the next total eclipse within 2 years. However, if you are waiting for such an event to occur in North America again, according to NASA, you have to wait until August 2044 or 2045.

John Ginaforte, professor of space science at the University of New Hampshire, said, Eclipses are quite frequent; not all of them are total, but some are, and some aren’t all that far away. People who’ve seen one understand why people get emotional and make a big deal about traveling to watch a total solar eclipse.”

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