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  • Annual solar eclipse in desert with a silhouette of a dromedary camel. Liwa desert, Abu Dhabi, ... [+] United Arab Emirates.


    Will you see Thursday’s annular solar eclipse—and travel some day to see another?

    While a huge partial solar eclipse will occur just after sunrise for much of the northeast U.S. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the most majestic sight of is reserved for some in parts of Canada, Greenland and Russia—a circular “ring of fire” or “ring of light” around the Moon. 

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    A so-called annular solar eclipse, they only happen when a New Moon coincides with apogee—the farthest our satellite gets from Earth during its monthly orbit. Such eclipses are relatively rare, occurring only five more times in the next decade (okay, there’s also one in 2026, but it’s virtually inaccessible). 

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    Although they’re not as famous as total solar eclipses, during which onlookers can gaze at the Sun’s majestic corona naked-eye during a brief darkness in the day, some upcoming annular solar eclipses are incredibly attractive as travel events … and none more so than the very next one in North America.

    There is no better excuse to travel than to witness a solar eclipse, and it’s impossible to enter 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. 

    Summer sunrise in the Bryce canyon National Park, Utah.


    1. The National Parks Eclipse

    When: 14 October 2023

    Where: U.S. (Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas), Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Brazil (em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>Google Map).

    A perfect “ring of fire” lasting around 4 minutes 40 seconds will be visible from more than 20 of the best national parks in the U.S. southwest. Inside the 125 miles-wide “path of annularity” will be the likes of Crater Lake National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument, with high chances of clear skies on the Colorado Plateau. The path then surges across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. 

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    The sun is seen partially covered by the moon on Easter Island, 3700 km off the Chilean coast in the ... [+] Pacific Ocean, on July 11, 2010. A total solar eclipse began its 11,000 kilometer (6,800 mile) arc over the Pacific Sunday, plunging remote islands into darkness in a heavenly display set to climax on Easter Island. AFP PHOTO/Martin Bernetti (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

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    2. The Easter Island Eclipse

    When: 2 October 2024

    Where: Easter Island, Chile and Argentina (em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>Google Map)

    Fifteen years after a spectacular total solar eclipse on the remote Easter Island comes another unlike celestial event. Observers will be able to stand among the mysterious Moai monoliths during the ring eclipse for 6 minutes 9 seconds before the path hits Patagonia in South America. 

    Las Grutas, Argentina will see a long "ring" solar eclipse.


    3. The Two Continents Eclipse

    When: 6 February 2027

    Where: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria (em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>Google Map)

    Though mostly visible in two oceans—the South Pacific and Mid-Atlantic—a “ring of fire” lasting 7 minutes and 51 seconds will be seen high in the sky by Patagonia in southern Chile and Argentina, also shaving Uruguay and Brazil. From Lagos in Nigeria—population 15 million—it will be possible in clear skies to get a rare view of an eclipse “ring” sunset. 

    The sand on the Galapagos is unbelievably soft and pure.


    4. The Islands Eclipse

    When: 26 January 2028

    Where: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana, Morocco and Spain (em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>Google Map)

    The pick of the bunch after 2023’s event in the U.S. southwest is surely a “ring of fire” eclipse in the Galapagos Islands. It occurs an hour after sunrise before striking across South America, with the northeast coast of Brazil getting a 10 minutes and 27 seconds “ring of fire.” Europeans will flock to Tangier in Morocco and Andalusia in Spain, though from Majorca—one of Spain's Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean—a clear western horizon will feature a setting “ring of fire.” 

    Athens Acropolis and Parthenon in dawn light


    5. The Eurasian Eclipse

    When: 1 June, 2030

    Where: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Japan (em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>Google Map)

    Here’s an eclipse that spans several continents and many cultures. While some will gather in Athens, Greece and in Istanbul, Turkey to see an early morning “ring of fire,” Sapporo, Japan will get the exact opposite as almost the entire island of Hokkaido is covered by the path of the Moon’s shadow. That’s just in time for Sapporo’s annual Yosakoi Soran Festival of dance and music that attracts two million visitors each year. In between a vast expanse of Central Asia and Siberia will get a maximum 5 minutes 13 seconds “ring of fire.” 

    Disclaimer: I am the Editor of em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">> and the author of several em data-ga-track="ExternalLink:"">>eclipse travel guides

    Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes. 

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