Where to see the next solar eclipse

September 2, 2035

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

In China, the first city in the shadows is Jiuquan, whose one million inhabitants will benefit from 51 seconds of totality. The 2 million inhabitants of Baotou will attend 49 seconds, and the 3.5 million in Datong will enjoy 1 minute 32 seconds. Then the totality reaches Beijing, where the city center will experience a totality duration of 1 minute 30 seconds with the Sun at 32 °. Two other notable cities on the way are Tangshan (45 seconds total) and Qinhuangdao (1 minute 56 seconds total).

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

In South Korea, eclipse watchers are expected to head to the border with North Korea. At this point, totality will last 1 minute 44 seconds with the Sun over open water to the southeast.

Finally, the path leads to Japan, just south of Wajima. Four cities that would make a good base 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 just south of the path. From downtown, the Moon will cover “only” 99.5% of the Sun. With so many amateur astronomers in Japan, there is sure to be a huge northward exodus from Tokyo.

July 13, 2037

During this eclipse, only Australia and New Zealand will experience shadow. The maximum duration of the whole is 3 minutes 58 seconds.

The totality arrives in mainland Australia at Geraldton, where it will last 2 minutes 34 seconds. Drive 25 miles (40 km) south and you’ll gain an additional 21 seconds. In almost central Australia, one of the greatest opportunities to photograph the eclipse will be when the totality hits Uluru / Ayers Rock, a massive sandstone rock formation. There, it will last 3 minutes 4 seconds with a Sun 40 ° high in the north-northeast. Any imager on the southwest side of this site could capture the eclipsed sun over Australia’s greatest natural wonder.

Finally, the path meets Brisbane. The southern limit of this city will experience 2 minutes 20 seconds of totality. However, mobile eclipse observers will not stop there. They will continue south, possibly to Rathdowney, for 3 minutes 32 seconds total.

Finally, the shadow contacts the North Island of New Zealand. If possible, view the eclipse from the western end of the island. There, the totality will last 2 minutes 22 seconds with the Sun at 14 ° above an oceanic horizon.

December 26, 2038

As with the previous eclipse, the shadow will only affect Australia and New Zealand. The maximum duration of the whole is 2 minutes 18 seconds.

He enters Australia at Onslow, which is on the west coast of the country. Anyone there will see 1 minute 4 seconds of totality. A good base will be Adelaide. Eclipse hunters heading north from there, possibly to Burra, will enjoy 1 minute 53 seconds of totality. And in Mallacoota, which is on the southeast coast, the whole will last 2 minutes 9 seconds.

In New Zealand, the Moon’s shadow touches the northern tip of the South Island, as well as the southern part of the North Island. Savvy eclipse hunters could base themselves in the nation’s capital, Wellington, and then head north to the center line near Foxton, where the total will last 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

December 15, 2039

This eclipse will be a difficult acquisition for most people because it only affects Antarctica. The maximum duration of the whole is 1 minute 51 seconds. Shadow misses McMurdo Station, the continent’s largest settlement, only 100 km away. Cruise lines offer tours here, but eclipse hunters will most likely observe the event near its onset, about 600 miles (1,000 km) south of New Zealand. From there, totality will last 1 minute 30 seconds with the Sun 10 ° above the ocean horizon.

April 30, 2041

This eclipse meets five countries. The maximum duration of the whole is 1 minute 51 seconds. The capital of Angola, Luanda, will get 1 minute 47 seconds in total, but the path only meets a few other cities.

The shadow then travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Residents at the northern edge of Kikwit who position themselves along the bank of the Kwilu River will see 56 seconds total. Another big city is Butembo, whose southern edge gets 54 seconds.

In Uganda, shadow will cover many small towns. One base is the capital, Kampala, a city of 1.7 million people. From there, travelers can head north to Extreme Adventure Park Busika, where the total will last 1 minute 15 seconds.

In Kenya, Nairobi offers plenty of accommodation, but visitors can head to Kitale, where the whole will last 1 minute 1 second. Nature lovers will be able to observe from Wamba, where the totality will last 47 seconds. The city lies just north of Samburu National Preserve and Buffalo Springs National Preserve, both of which contain rich populations of wildlife.

The total duration in Somalia is 55 seconds at the western border of the country and 48 seconds at the edge of the Somali Sea. Unfortunately, few towns and villages lie along the way.

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