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How Often Do They Happen?

Total solar eclipses occur when the moon aligns between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the sun’s light for a few minutes. On average, these eclipses are visible somewhere on Earth every 18 months.

Why Are They So Rare?

However, over 70% of Earth’s surface is ocean, making it rare to witness a total eclipse from land. Even rarer is living in a location where the eclipse’s path of totality passes, eliminating the need for extensive travel.

The Path of Totality

During a total eclipse, the moon’s shadow creates a narrow path of totality on Earth. Anyone within this path will experience complete darkness as the sun is completely blocked. On April 8, 2024, this path will be 115 miles wide.

How Long Between Eclipses?

It’s unusual for a specific location to experience multiple total eclipses. On average, around 375 years pass between two total eclipses visible from the same spot.

The Eclipse Chasers

Dedicated eclipse enthusiasts, known as “eclipse chasers,” travel the world to witness these celestial events, often by sea.

The Significance of Totality

Experiencing a total eclipse is a profound experience. As the sun’s corona becomes visible, the world darkens, and animals behave oddly. It’s a moment that connects us to the vastness of space.

Upcoming Total Solar Eclipses

  • April 8, 2024: This eclipse will cross a path from Mexico through the eastern United States.
  • August 23, 2044: A narrow path of totality will sweep across the northern United States and Canada.
  • 2045: A wider path of totality will cross the United States.

If you have the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse, seize it. It’s a rare and unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression.