Future eclipses in the 21st century

The next big coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will be on Aug. 12, 2045. Salt Lake City is in the path of totality for that eclipse. courtesy greatamericaneclipse.com

For those who miss Monday’s total solar eclipse, it will be another 152 years until another one is visible in Idaho. Those who want to see another total eclipse in their lifetime will have several options throughout the 21st century in the United States.

The Oregonian newspaper wrote “If you were born in 2010, you could witness eight total solar eclipses on American soil before turning 70.”

The next big coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will be in 28 years. Salt Lake City is in the path of totality for that eclipse.

April 8, 2024

In just seven years a total eclipse will be seen from Mexico through southwest Texas and into northeast Maine and Canada. This eclipse will pass through Dallas, Texas, Little Rock, Ark., Indianapolis, Ind., Cleveland, Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y.

March 30, 2033

The main body of the United States will miss out on this eclipse, but northwest Alaska will catch a glimpse of the totality. The cities of Barrow and Nome will be the best place to view the eclipse, if the weather’s favorable.

Aug. 23, 2044

The bulk of this eclipse will be visible in Canada, but Montana and North Dakota will see a total solar eclipse just before sunset.

Aug. 12, 2045

Another total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast, the first since Monday’s eclipse. This will be the highlight of the century, with a totality path more than 160 miles wide. Eclipse expert Michael Zeiler said this one will be particularly good since a wider totality means the eclipse lasts longer, over six minutes in this case. Major U.S. cities to witness this eclipse will include Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Colo., Tulsa, Okla., Montgomery, Ala., and Orlando, Fla.

March 30, 2052

Crossing Mexico and the southeast United States, this total eclipse will pass Tallahassee, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

May 11, 2078

After 26 years of only partial eclipses, the United States will again see a total eclipse passing through the southeastern states. Montgomery Alabama will be a prime city for watching once again, along with New Orleans, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.

May 1, 2079

The East Coast will wake up to a total solar eclipse, visible in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

May 11, 2097

Alaska will see another solar eclipse that will miss major cities.

Sept. 14, 2099

As the century winds down, one final total solar eclipse will pass through Canada’s West Coast into the Midwest United States and to the East Coast, 82 years after the upcoming eclipse. The few remaining witnesses of Monday’s eclipse will be elderly indeed, but they can make their way to St. Paul, Minn., Milwaukee, Wisc., Columbus, Ohio and Virginia Beach, Va.


Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.


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