Solar Eclipse How to View an Eclipse

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You!

To see a total solar eclipse, you have to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time—inside the moon’s dark inner shadow as the earth, moon, and sun align.

This map shows the paths of totality of upcoming total eclipses.


Upcoming Solar Eclipses: Views from Around the World

• July 11, 2010: Cruise to French Polynesia or watch from Easter Island, Chile, or Argentina

• November 13, 2012: Visible from north central Australia to the Great Barrier Reef

• March 9, 2016: Crosses Indonesia—Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, and Halmahera

• August 21, 2017: Sweeps a 70-mile-wide path across the United States, moving across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina

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