Solar eclipses happen almost every year, somewhere on our planet. Frequently, it happens more than once a year, and there are years without one at all. The eclipses are rather brief, sometimes lasting just a few seconds. Nevertheless, they remain the most fascinating astronomical events of any year. There are thousands of people, who chase solar eclipses (the total ones) around the planet. I could have become one !

How and Why

The total eclipse of sun, the way we experience it on Earth, occurs within the Solar System only on Earth. This is because of a coincidence. The Sun is so many times larger than the Moon as many times it is father from Earth that the Moon. There are four types of eclipses: 1/ partial; 2/ total; 3/ annular; and 4/ hybrid.  Partial eclipses are not as interesting as the other three because only part of the Sun is obscured by the Moon.


After seeing my first total eclipse on Madagascar on 21 June 2001, I now try to fit my travel plans into the schedule of total eclipses. The next one will be on 11 July 2010 and will pass through the territories of the Cook Islands, Rapa Nui, Chile and Argentina. I will made appropriate travel plans to see it somewhere. Below, you will find a table with dates and locations of the next solar eclipses until the year 2020, inclusive.

21/06/01 Morombe, Madagascar

04/12/02 Chinchimane, Namibia

03/10/05 Nalut, Libya

29/03/06 Busua, Ghana








T - 2’47”

T - 4’09”

T - 2’40”

T - 4’33”

T - 2’10”


Iceland, Faeroe Islands, Svalbard

Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi


Chile, Argentina

Chile, Argentina


A = Annular, H = Hybrid, T = Total;     * Maps available courtesy of Fred Espenak

About the next eclipse trip

Faroe Islands, 20 March 2015

01/08/08 Altai Republic, Siberia

Potential following eclipse trips

Borneo, Sulawesi for 3 March 2016