Predicting the Next Total Solar Eclipses in the UK, US and Europe

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.08 - 2024 9:02 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
For those in the UK dreaming of witnessing a total solar eclipse from their backyard, patience is key, as the astronomical event won't grace British skies until the end of the century.

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For enthusiasts of celestial events in the UK, the wait for the next total solar eclipse will stretch across generations. While the spectacle of a total solar eclipse gracing the UK skies won't occur until the latter part of the 21st century, opportunities to witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon in nearby regions and other parts of the world are on the horizon.

A Long Wait Ahead for the UK

Residents of the UK eager to witness a total solar eclipse from their own backyard face a long countdown. The next such event casting its shadow over the UK will not occur until September 2090. This eclipse will briefly grace the south-western edges of Cornwall and Devon, mirroring the path of the memorable 1999 eclipse, according to New Science.

However, the truly patient will find their reward in the 22nd century, with totality visible from the north-west of Scotland in June 2133, and again in 2135 over central Scotland and north-east England.

Looking even further ahead, a more expansive eclipse in 2151 promises to cover a wider area, including south-west Scotland, Northern Ireland, north-east Wales, and parts of England.

European Vistas and Beyond

For those in Europe willing to travel, the celestial dance of the moon and sun will offer more imminent spectacles.

A total solar eclipse in August 2026 will sweep across parts of Greenland, Iceland, and a swath of Spain from its north-western corner to Mallorca. The following year, in August 2027, the shadow will touch the southern tip of Spain, then journey across north Africa, providing a breathtaking view from locations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

Opportunities in North America

North America will not have to wait as long for its next encounter with totality.

Following the total solar eclipse on 8 April 2024, visible from a path across the continent, the next event is slated for August 2044. Although the totality in 2044 will primarily be over parts of Alaska and stretch mostly across Canada, it offers another chance for eclipse chasers in the region to experience the awe-inspiring darkness of daytime.

While the UK's wait may be lengthy, the global schedule of total solar eclipses ensures there are plenty of opportunities to experience one of nature's most magnificent displays.

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