When is the next eclipse? Once one spectacular solar or lunar eclipse is over, this is the question on everyone's lips.

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Luckily astronomers know exactly when and where the next eclipses will be taking place, and which parts of the world will get the best views.

The next solar eclipse that will be accessible to millions of people will be the 14 October 2023 annular eclipse, which will have a decent path of annularity stretching down the US.

An annular solar eclipse, Vigo, Spain, 3 October 2005. Credit: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)
An annular solar eclipse, Vigo, Spain, 3 October 2005. Credit: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

On 28 October 2023, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible for the UK and all of continental Europe, as well as the Middle East, most of Africa and Asia. It will only be visible in the eastern Americas during Moonrise and western Australia during Moonset.

Here we'll look at all the eclipses that will be visible from Earth in 2023, including how to get the best views, and what you can expect to see.

This is everything you need to know about when, where and for how long each solar eclipse and lunar eclipse will occur in 2023.

Solar and lunar eclipses in 2023

14 October 2023: North & South America

Type: Annular Solar Eclipse

Crater Lake in Oregon will see a Ring of Fire in 2023. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (pixabay.com)

This annular eclipse crosses Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and origin, as well as parts of Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and Brazil. Crater Lake in Oregon, or the Mayan temple of Edzna on the Yucatan Peninsula are both in the firing line.

For more info, read our guide to the 14 October 2023 eclipse

8 April 2024: Mexico, US & Canada

Type: Total Solar Eclipse

Little Rock, Arkansas gets totality in 2024. Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Two total solar eclipses in seven years?! Although it happens in Spring where clear skies are certainly not guaranteed, this four-minute totality is set to top 2017's event. The Path of Totality passes over Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Vermont, and Canada. Remarkably, one area around Carbondale, Illinois will get a second go at totality, having already seen it in 2017.

2 October 2024: Easter Island & Chile

Type: Annular Solar Eclipse

A Ring of Fire crosses Easter Island in 2024. Credit: Easter Island Travel
A Ring of Fire crosses Easter Island in 2024. Credit: Easter Island Travel

Although this is also visible in Patagonia on southern Chile's Pacific coast, this Ring of Fire would be best enjoyed among the monoliths of Easter Island. This South Pacific island, over 2,000 miles from mainland South America, has an astronomical allure all of its own. Huge stone statues known as Moai face inland from every beach, and are said to stare at the stars.

14 March 2025

Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

An hour-long ‘Blood Moon’ will be visible to all in the U.S. and Canada, and South America. The west coast of North Africa will receive a glimpse of an eclipsed moonset and the west coast of Australia will see an eclipsed moonrise.

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29 March 2025: the UK and Europe

Type: Partial Solar Eclipse

As much as 47% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon from the U.K. during this event. It will be visible most easily in Europe, though extreme southeastern Atlantic Canada will be able to try for an 84% eclipsed sunrise.

7 September 2025

Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

A 1 hour 22 minute lunar totality will be on show to Africa, India, China and Australia as the entire Indian Ocean gets its decade-best view of a ‘Blood Moon’.

21 September 2025: New Zealand

Type: Partial Solar Eclipse

An eclipsed sunrise that sees about 72% of the Sun blocked by the Moon is going to be visible from New Zealand – and that’s it!

17 February 2026: Southern Chile

Type: Annular Solar Eclipse

About 96% of the Sun’s center will be obscured for just 2 minutes 20 seconds, but only to a remote part of Antarctica. Southern Chile will get the merest of partial solar eclipses. This will be an eclipse almost exclusively for penguins and whales.

3 March 2026

Type: Total Lunar Eclipse

About 58 minutes of lunar totality will be observable from the U.S., Australia and East Asia, though since the Moon’s southern limb only just makes it inside Earth’s shadow, our satellite may remain fairly bright.

12 August 2026: Iceland and Spain

Type: Total Solar Eclipse

A sky full of auroras during totality in Iceland!? That is very unlikely. More probable is that the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ will be clouded-out. However, while a 2 minutes 10 seconds totality will occur 25º above the horizon from Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, in northern Spain it will be just 10º up, and decreasing to a risky eclipsed sunset from Majorca. Wherever you watch from you’ll be on tenterhooks for clear skies.

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20 April 2023: Western Australia

Type: Total Solar Eclipse

You can swim with whalesharks off Exmouth. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (pixabay.com)

Would you travel halfway across the world to experience one minute of totality? For eclipse chasers, that's more than enough, so the tiny Exmouth Peninsula – the only part of Australia crossed by the path of totality – is sure to be bursting with observers from around the world. Exmouth is also the place to swim with whalesharks, the ocean's biggest fish at 40ft.

This eclipse is going to be a rare hybrid solar eclipse. Find out more in our guide to the 20 April 2023 hybrid solar eclipse.

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For more Aussie stargazing, read our guide to astronomy in Australia.

Authors

Travel and astronomy writer Jamie Carter
Jamie CarterScience writer

Jamie Carter is a travel and astronomy writer and author of A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide

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