NASA Shares A Sweet High-Res Map Of US Solar Eclipse Times And Locations Through 2024

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Solar eclipse lovers in America will want to check out NASA's new map that shares the dates and times for upcoming eclipses in 2023 and 2024. The map details the path of the Moon's shadow as it crosses the contiguous U.S.

For anyone who wants the best view possible of a solar eclipse, knowing where and when to be is vital. NASA's new solar eclipse map is an excellent tool for providing those important details through 2024. The map highlights the annular eclipse and total eclipse in dark bands, as seen in the image below.

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Michala Garrison, from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, designed the map using a variety of NASA resources. Her goal for creating the map was to inspire people to venture to the best viewing locations to get the full experience.

"In 2017, I was in Maryland, so I still got to see a little bit, because I was in a partial eclipse," Garrison remarked. "But I didn't really know any of this back then. This does make me want to go to, say, Albuquerque in 2023. And then in 2024 to go more south."

The dark paths indicate where observers will want to be in order to view the "ring of fire," which is when the Moon blocks all but the outer edge of the Sun during an annular eclipse, and the white outer atmosphere of the Sun when the Moon completely blocks the Sun's disk during a total eclipse. If you happen to be outside of those dark paths, the map also shows how much the Sun will be partially blocked by our lunar space rock.

For those who are located in the dark bands, running from Oregon, there will be a chance to see the annular eclipse if weather permits. Those in the band that runs from Texas to Maine will have a chance to view the total eclipse, if the skies are clear. There is a zoom feature that allows for easier viewing of the map.

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Inside the dark bands, there are oval shapes with times inside each. Yellow ovals are for the annular eclipse, while purple ovals are for the total eclipse. The shape of the ovals indicates the shape of the Moon's shadow cast on Earth's surface during the times given. Anyone located inside the oval will have a longer viewing time than those outside it. The white lines that run through the ovals show how long the eclipse is expected to last in each location.

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Fear not if you are located outside one of the dark bands, as there may still be a chance to view a partial one. Faint yellow lines can be seen running through the map for the annular eclipse, and faint purple lines for the total eclipse. These lines run to the left and right side of the map, indicating the percentage of the eclipse that can be viewed in those areas.

While the map only shows the viewing area for the contiguous U.S., those in Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America will also be able to view at least a partial eclipse. There is a global map with full paths of the 2023 annular eclipse available as well.