The upcoming solar eclipse for the United States on August 21, 2017 may be a once in a lifetime event to witness, but what if you miss it? Just wait for the next one! While it has been 38 years since the last U.S. total solar eclipse, the next one arrives in just 7 short years.
On April 8, 2024 the United States will again see a total eclipse and this one may even be better. People along the narrow path of the 2017 eclipse will experience totality for a maximum of 2 minutes and 40.2 seconds. To experience that maximum length you will need to be slightly south of Carbondale, Illinois. In 2024 longest duration of totality will be of four minutes and 28 seconds near the town of Nazas, Durango, Mexico. For this years eclipse, the width of the path of totality will be about 70 miles, whereas in 2024 the path of that eclipse will be roughly 123 miles wide.
While totality and the width of totality will be greater in 2024 the path length will be shorter by a few hundred miles. If you happen to live in near Carbondale, Illinois experience the total eclipse in 2017 and again in 2024 as the paths of each will cross there.
Meteorologist Mike Morrison