A solar eclipse is when the moon comes between the sun and the Earth and completely or partially blocks the light from the sun. This can only occur when the moon is at the nodes of its orbit and when its precession allows it to be in this position while being between the sun and Earth. Angular eclipses are when the moon is at its apogee and thus never covers the sun completely. However, at the moon’s perigee it is 400 times closer than the sun but 400 times smaller in actual size and thus can perfectly cover it. I did not get to see the “great American eclipse” because of a prior commitment, so I am very interested in finding the next total solar eclipses that would be easy to go to. I am not particularly interested in the partial ones because they do not entail the full majestic experience of the total eclipses (darkness descending, stars becoming visible, crickets chirping), and so I didn’t include them in my proceeding list.
Additionally, total solar eclipses in the world from 2019-2030:
The most easily accessible one to me is the 2024 eclipse that goes through the United States. However, I also would love to travel to New Zealand at some point in my life so perhaps the 2028 eclipse would be a perfect opportunity to go there.
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From your TA: Nice post! The total solar eclipse in 2017 was very cool! I hope you get to see the next one!