Want to see Thursday’s annular solar eclipse – and travel one day to see another?
While a huge partial solar eclipse takes place just after sunrise in large parts of the northeastern United States on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the most majestic sight is reserved for some in parts of Canada, Greenland and Russia – a circular “fire ring” or “light ring” around the moon.
A so-called annular solar eclipse, they only occur when a new moon coincides with apogee– the longest our satellite comes from Earth during its monthly orbit. Such eclipses are relatively rare and occur only five times more in the next decade (okay, there are also and in 2026, but it is almost inaccessible).
Although not as famous as total solar eclipses, where spectators can look at the Sun’s majestic corona with the naked eye during a brief darkness during the day, some upcoming annular solar eclipses are incredibly attractive as travel events … and no more than the next in North America.
There is no better excuse to travel than to witness a solar eclipse, and it is impossible to get in or move freely around much of Canada this week. Here’s everything you need to know about when, where and how to catch a “ring of fire” solar eclipse in the next decade.
1. The National Park Eclipse
When: October 14, 2023
Where: USA (Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas), Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Brazil (Google Maps).
A perfect “ring of fire” lasting about 4 minutes and 40 seconds will be visible from more than 20 of the best national parks in the southwestern United States. Inside the 125-mile-wide “path to annularity” will like Crater Lake National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Natural Bridges National Monument with great chances of clear skies on the Colorado Plateau. The trail then winds across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
2. The Easter Island Eclipse
When: October 2, 2024
Where: Easter Island, Chile and Argentina (Google Maps)
Fifteen years later a spectacular total solar eclipse on the remote Easter Island comes another as opposed to celestial event. Observers will be able to stand among the mysterious Moai monoliths during the ring eclipse for 6 minutes 9 seconds before the trail hits Patagonia in South America.
3. The two continental eclipses
When: February 6, 2027
Where: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria (Google Maps)
Although most visible in two oceans – the South Pacific and the Mid-Atlantic – a “ring of fire” lasting 7 minutes and 51 seconds will be seen high in the skies of Patagonia in southern Chile and Argentina, which also shaves Uruguay and Brazil. From Lagos in Nigeria – 15 million inhabitants – it will be possible in clear skies to get a rare overview of a sunset in eclipse.
4. The eclipse of the island
When: January 26, 2028
Where: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Morocco and Spain (Google Maps)
The election of the herd after the event in 2023 in the southwestern United States is certainly a “ring of fire” eclipse in the Galapagos Islands. It happens an hour after sunrise before striking over South America, where the northeast coast of Brazil gets 10 minutes and 27 seconds of “fire”. Europeans will flock to Tangier in Morocco and Andalusia in Spain, but from Mallorca – one of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean – a clear western horizon will include a fire ring.
5. The Eurasian eclipse
When: June 1, 2030
Where: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Japan (Google Maps)
Here is an eclipse that spans several continents and many cultures. While some gather in Athens, Greece and in Istanbul, Turkey to see an early ear ring “Sapporo, Japan will get the exact opposite, as almost the entire island of Hokkaido is covered in the shadow of the Moon. It’s just in time for Sapporo’s annual Yosakoi Soran Festival of dance and music, which attracts two million visitors each year. Occasionally, a vast expanse of Central Asia and Siberia gets a maximum of 5 minutes and 13 seconds of “firing.”
I wish you clear skies and big eyes.