See the list of notable past total solar eclipses in the US since 1778

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On April 8, 2024, a rare total solar eclipse It will be visible in some parts of the United States. Those on the path of totality You will have the opportunity to see the sun be completely covered by the moon for several minutes.

Total solar eclipses are rare and not typically visible from the US. The last time one occurred here It was in 2017and the United States won’t see another one until 2044.

Here is a list of all the times a total solar eclipse has been recorded in the United States.

Total solar eclipse in the US during the 18th century

The first recorded total solar eclipse was in 1778, according to nasa, just a few years after the United States became an independent country. The eclipse was visible from the Carolinas to New England and was observed by historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson, according to Mount Vernon, the museum established on the estate of former President George Washington. Washington’s army troops also took note of the event.

A total solar eclipse.

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List of total solar eclipses in the US during the 19th century

1806:The first total solar eclipse of the 19th century occurred in 1806, according to the National Park Service. The path of that eclipse would have crossed from Arizona, through the Midwest and into New England, according to nasa.

1869: The next total solar eclipse was recorded in 1869. The path of totality extended from Alaska to the Carolinas, according to nasa. Photos from the event were published in Harper’s Magazine, the service said, the first mass publication to do so.

1878: The next total solar eclipse occurred in 1878, and its path of totality extended from Alaska to Louisiana, according to nasa. It was studied by an all-female team of astronomers, according to the park service, and Thomas Edison himself. traveled to see the event, bringing scientific equipment to study the solar corona during the eclipse.

List of total solar eclipses in the US during the 20th century

1900: The first eclipse of the 20th century occurred in 1900, according to the park service. That eclipse’s path of totality took it over Wadesboro, North Carolina.

1918: In June 1918, a total solar eclipse was visible from Washington to Florida, according to the park service. It was the last time a total solar eclipse would be visible across the entire continent for nearly 100 years.

1925: This was followed by another total solar eclipse in January 1925, which was visible from Minnesota to New England. according to nasa.

1932: In August 1932, another total solar eclipse could be observed in North America. The path of totality of this eclipse was mostly in Canada, according to nasabut was visible in northern New England, including parts of Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

1963: The next total solar eclipse in the US was not until July 1963. This eclipse was visible in Alaska and parts of northern New England. according to nasa.

1970: In March 1970, other The total solar eclipse was visible from the coast of the southwestern United States. Watch CBS News’ coverage of that event in the video below:


From the Archives: Total Solar Eclipse of 1970 – CBS News Special Report

1979: The last eclipse that NASA recorded in the 20th century it took place in 1979. This eclipse was visible in the Pacific Northwest and parts of Idaho and the Dakotas, but the path of its totality passed primarily through Canada.

Laverne Biser photograph of the 1979 eclipse.

Laverne Biser


Total solar eclipses in the US during the 21st century so far

Only two total solar eclipses have been visible from the United States during the 21st century. The first was the total solar eclipse 2017that was visible across the country. This was the first time such an event had occurred since 1918, and millions gathered to watch.

The April 8, 2024, eclipse will be the next total solar eclipse visible in the US. The path of totality for this eclipse will extend from Texas to the Northeast. He The eclipse will begin on the Pacific coast of Mexico shortly after 11 a.m. PDT before traveling across the US and Canada. The eclipse will leave North America around 5:19 pm EDT.

NASA map shows the path of totality for the April 8, 2024, eclipse.

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The eclipse is expected to attract millions of viewers. Some areas where the event will be more visible have already been local states of emergency declared to take into account the number of expected visitors.

When will the next total solar eclipse be visible in the United States?

After the eclipse on April 8, America will not see another total solar eclipse for decades. The next total solar eclipse visible from the United States will occur in August 2044.

Total solar eclipses typically occur every one to three years somewhere around the world, but the events are often only visible from the Earth’s poles or the middle of the ocean.

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