Missed total solar eclipse in 2024? Watch out for these celestial events

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DALLAS (AP) — Whether you’ve seen the the moon completely blocks the sunwere frustrated by cloudy weather or were not on the road on Monday Total solar eclipsethere is still more opportunities to take a look.

Here’s what you should know about the upcoming solar shows:

When will the next total solar eclipse be?

Total solar eclipses This happens approximately every year, two or three, due to a precise alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth. They can occur anywhere in the world, usually in remote areas such as the South Pacific.

Save the date: The next total solar eclipse, in 2026, will pass over the northern fringes of Greenland, Iceland and Spain.

When will the next totality be visible from the United States?

The next display of totality in the United States will occur in 2033, when an eclipse passes through Alaska and Russia. And in 2044, one will cross Greenland and western Canada, touching swaths of North Dakota and Montana.

An eclipse of the magnitude of Monday’s event will not occur again until August 12, 2045.

“But it will be pretty spectacular,” said Mary Urquhart, a planetary scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It will go from coast to coast.”

That eclipse will first greet viewers in Northern California, passing through Utah, Colorado and Mississippi on its way to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

What are other celestial events besides solar eclipses?

You can reuse eclipse glasses to look for sunspots: dark, planet-sized spots that appear on the sun due to tangled magnetic fields.

In September a partial lunar eclipse will be visible over Europe and much of Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

Several meteor showers and supermoons will also grace the skies until 2024, as they do every year.

Space enthusiasts can also visit a local planetarium or science center. The Planetarium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will remain open the weekend after the eclipse to offer themed shows and a guided sunset meditation.

“People will want to come back and learn more,” said director Dayna Thompson.

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