Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance?

The Washington Post:

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century. There will be 69 total solar eclipses visible from somewhere on the planet in the next 100 years, but only a few will be visible from North America. See how many total solar eclipses are left in your lifetime.

For me, it realistically is my last chance to see even a partial eclipse.



  • I saw one when I was in high school. Looking at the tables on Wikipedia, it must have been a partial… but I don’t remember that. I just remember being utterly amazed at it.

    I looked at it through the “platter” of a floppy disk.

  • GlennC777

    I lived in Indonesia from ’81-’83, during which time there was an eclipse that was to be 96% total at our location. I remember two things, one of which was being disappointed. I’ve heard since that the difference between an almost-total and total eclipse is “mind-blowing.”

    The other thing I remember was that local media was blasting the message not to look at the sun during the eclipse, with stern warnings that one could damage one’s eyesight; even be blinded, etc.

    Most of the local populace took these warnings so much to heart that during the the eclipse they locked themselves in the innermost reaches of their houses, closed all doors and some even blindfolded themselves in an effort to defend against the blinding light rays. Many of them were deathly afraid – visibly panicked – that a simple mistake could cause them to lose their sight forever.

    I really don’t know what to say about that but it’s stayed with me all these years as a striking example of many different things about people, their relationships to authority, the importance of knowledge and understanding, and more.