So you've caught the eclipse bug?

Three more eclipses are due before 2020 providing a great view of this natural phenomenon



On 20 March 2015 the Moon passed in front of the Sun, covering it by at least 80 per cent in the UK. For those who made it to the Faroe Islands or Svalbard, they hopefully experienced that magical moment where the sky turned dark.

But don’t worry if you didn’t manage to get to see the ‘real deal’ of totality on either of these remote islands. There are plenty of chances to see a total eclipse of the Sun in the next few years, with three due before the decade is out.

9 March 2016: East Asia, Australia and the Pacific

The eclipse will be partially visible in south-east Asia, Australia and Alaska, but to catch the eclipse in it's totality requires a trip to Indonesia. 

21 August 2017: North America

The path of totality will be visible across most of the mainland USA, so will give a lot of opportunity to move around and find an area where the skies are clear.

2 July 2019: Chile and Argentina

Most of this eclipse takes place over the Pacific Ocean, but the tail end will be visible in Chile and Argentina, just before sunset.

Two of the eclipses, in 2016 and 2019, mostly pass over the Pacific Ocean, but there will be many cruises that will attempt to pass under the path of totality. The time of year also means that cloud is likely, but there are already flights you can book to get up above the clouds and ensure you see the sight.

However in 2017 an eclipse will pass across the continental US from South Carolina to Oregon. This will probably be the best time to catch the eclipse for the next few decades. The path covers thousands of kilometers of land in August, meaning that not only is cloud unlikely, but there will be plenty of room to manoeuver to find a spot under the eclipse path that’s cloud free. 

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