The August 2017 solar eclipse will be special, I’m sure the media coverage has repeated it often enough. While there is a solar eclipse about every year, it often happens over open ocean or remote places. The fact that the August 2017 event will sweep across all of the continental United States, where millions will be able to simply look up by heading outdoors, many with easy access to digital cameras and social media to share is what makes it special.
However, if you’re bummed that you won’t be able to witness the total solar eclipse because you’re not in the right spot, fear not! It will happen again… in 7 years.
Mark April 8th 2024 in your digital calendar. On the map below, the red line will be the best view, the center of the Moon’s shadow. However any spot between the blue lines will get a total solar eclipse. A different group of States will be the lucky ones this time around. And while the folks in Toronto and Ottawa just falls outside, a short drive will easily get you to a better viewing location.
So don’t throw away those solar safety glasses you will need them again in 2024. Besides, you can use them every day to track sun spots!