NASA Creates Map Details 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses in the US

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

NASA released a new solar eclipse map to see the path of the Moon’s shadow during solar eclipses on October 13, 2023, and April 8, 2024.

The map has dark paths across the continent to show where observers can witness 2023’s annular solar eclipse and 2024’s total solar eclipse.

During an annular eclipse, the Moon blocks all but the outer edge of the Sun.

Meanwhile, the Moon completely blocks the Sun during a total eclipse.

Outside those dark paths, the map reveals where the Moon will partially eclipse the Sun.

On both dates, all states in the United States will witness at least a partial solar eclipse, as will most of Canada and Mexico.

The paths for solar eclipses appear as dark bands across the country on the map.

Inside those dark bands are oval shapes with times inside them. Those ovals indicate the shape of the Moon’s shadow hovering on Earth’s surface.

People in the areas will see the total solar eclipse of April or the annular solar eclipse of October at that time.

The solar eclipses for locations near the center of the ovals will last longer than those close to the outer edges.

People outside the paths will see a partial eclipse instead of a total solar or annular eclipse.