In 2 years, the United States will see its last solar eclipse in two decades

Just warning you now: the 2030s are going to be a little disappointing for American umbrophiles who like chasing solar eclipses. While the next two years – 2023 and 2024 – offer two great eclipse viewing opportunities (an annular eclipse in 2023 and a total eclipse in 2024), this is the last time a solar eclipse will be visible in the United States. -United. until 2045. (Canadian astronomy fans will be treated to a total solar eclipse the previous year, in 2044.)

In fact, this 2024 total solar eclipse is expected to occur exactly two years from today, April 8, 2024. The band of totality will span across North America, from the Pacific coast of Mexico to New England; states that will experience totality include Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, as well as Canadian provinces Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and the smaller northern tip of Nova Scotia.

According to Timeanddate.coma list of major North American cities on the path to totality includes:

  • Mazatlan and Durango, Mexico
  • Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington, TX
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Toledo, Akron and Cleveland, Ohio
  • Hamilton, Burlington and Kingston, Ontario
  • Buffalo and Rochester, New York
  • Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec
  • Montpelier, Vermont

In total, some 32 million people live in the path of totality, and up to 7.4 million more expected to travel for it. While 2024 may still seem a long way off, some destinations are already bracing for the flood of totality-seeking tourists to come. Visit Austin already has a page on its website giving visitors the information they need if they are planning to visit this part of Texas; Visit Bloomington (Indiana) is also ready with a dedicated resource page; the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland is also ready – although this facility is the official NASA Glenn welcome center in northeast Ohio, so it’s no surprise they’re excited.

All this to say, if you like solar eclipses, the 2024 eclipse is an eclipse to mark on your calendar now – and start planning if you want to experience totality in person. Travel and accommodation on the way to totality will only get more expensive from here, so planning ahead can save a lot and make your solar eclipse experience memorable only in your mind and not on your Bank account.