6 Awesome Locations to Watch Incredible Solar Eclipses (2020 to 2028)*Updated for 2021
Where and when to view the best Total and Annular Solar Eclipses in the coming decade.
There are many Solar and Lunar Eclipses coming up in the next 8 years. Solar eclipses just seem more dramatic than Lunar eclipses because the contrast between broad daylight and midday darkness is something remarkable. So I focused on Total and Annular Eclipses that were viewable from locations with a good chance of not being shrouded in clouds during the event. I did a lot of research to determine which were accessible for most people willing to spend about a half day to a full day or less of traveling from an international airport to the viewing site. In almost all cases, any savvy traveler can get there easily by using flights, buses, trains, and/or rental cars from anywhere on the planet.
Each eclipse has a path of totality (shadow of the moon) that travels across the face of the Earth. I selected what I consider to be the best places where I would want to be to watch these celestial events unfold in-person.
I did notice many alternative places with partial eclipse views, like the one on January 26, 2028, that is viewable from Machu Picchu (62.17% coverage of Sun), for example. The problem is that during that month, that area of Peru is almost always covered in clouds and it often rains heavily. If the sky is clear or even partly cloudy on that day it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.
What follows is by no means an exhaustive list. It is my ‘best guess’ based on my research, and my own preferences for access, chance of clear skies, and proximity to a cold beverage after the event. Most importantly, every location is somewhere I think most people would like to visit regardless of a celestial event (just in case the clouds roll in and obscure the eclipse we can still enjoy the trip). All dates and times correspond to the local time and date for each location/event. Take a look at the “Eclipse Path Map” link I have included for more data and you can see many other viewing locations you might want to check out. I also linked to a Google Map link to the general area, village or town for each of the following locations.
Pucón, Chile — December 14, 2020 (Total) * Updated
Credit goes to Dan Caguiat of Cape May, New Jersey for this better location. This spot has a much longer Duration of totality (2 minutes, 9 seconds vs 40 seconds at Temuco (see below), and less chance of clouds. It’s more difficult to get to, but worth it!
The Total Eclipse from Pucón, Región de la Araucanía, Chile, will last a total of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 6 seconds, with a duration of totality of 2 minutes, 9 seconds at a magnitude of 1.0114, mean this is indeed your best chance to view this eclipse.
Total solar eclipse visible (100.00% coverage of Sun)
Duration: 2 hours, 50 minutes, 6 seconds
Duration of totality: 2 minutes, 9 seconds
Partial begins: Dec 14, 2020 at 11:41:31 am
Full begins: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:03:23 pm
Maximum: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:04:27 pm
Full ends: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:05:32 pm
Partial ends: Dec 14, 2020 at 2:31:37 pm
Times shown in local time (CLST)
Temuco, Chile — December 14, 2020 (Total)*
* Update 2020: See the above mentioned Pucón, Chile for a better location to view this eclipse. This spot is still easy to get to, but the duration of totality is much shorter.
The City of Temuco is located in central Chile south of Santiago and has roughly 290 thousand people living there. There are a lot of alternatives in the shadow for this event, but I chose a viewing location on the Northern Edge of the path of totality. I selected the Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument. Anything south of there is still great viewing, but I chose this place because it is the highest point in the city with lots of city views, and is home to the Southern Andean Volcano Observatory (Spanish: Observatorio Volcanológico de los Andes del Sur). Yes, you will be surrounded by many volcanoes during this eclipse!
Lasting a total of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 20 seconds, this spot has a short duration of totality of about 40 seconds. So be ready!
Partial begins: Dec 14, 2020 at 11:39:46 am
Full begins: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:02:18 pm
Maximum: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:02:38 pm
Full ends: Dec 14, 2020 at 1:02:55 pm
Partial ends: Dec 14, 2020 at 2:30:06 pm
San Pedro, Belize — October 14, 2023 (Annular)
This Annular eclipse had the most alternative viewing locations of all the eclipses from 2019 to 2028. It is the first “Annular” eclipse on the list, which is an eclipse of the Sun in which the edge of the Sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon (see ring-photo above). People can watch this one from certain parts of Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil.
I chose Belize because the eclipse starts in the morning there (before it gets too hot in the afternoon), which should be a spectacular sight at 11:33 am when 90.67% of the Sun is covered, leaving a generous ring around the moon. It’ll be all over at 1:19 pm which in Belize is the perfect time to grab a bucket of Belikins to celebrate another amazing eclipse.
This Annular Eclipse will last a total of 3 hours, 26 minutes, 42 seconds, with a dazzling duration of annularity of 4 minutes, 35 seconds. Have your safety gear and camera ready for this one!
Partial begins:Oct 14, 2023 at 9:52:33 am
Full begins:Oct 14, 2023 at 11:31:37 am
Maximum:Oct 14, 2023 at 11:33:55 am
Full ends:Oct 14, 2023 at 11:36:12 am
Partial ends:Oct 14, 2023 at 1:19:15 pm
Fredericksburg, Texas — April 8, 2024 (Total)
This eclipse has a wide path going across several US States and Mexico, with many awesome places in the shadow including half of San Antonio, most of Austin and all of Dallas, Indianapolis, Toledo, Little Rock, Buffalo, Montréal, and Mazatlán.
In my research I ended up selecting a viewing location atop a massive and mystical pink granite dome rising above Central Texas near Fredericksburg. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one. But I recommend you camp at the Enchanted Rocks campground for best results.
Pack a picnic and head up the dome in time to eat a sandwich and don your eye protection just before noon. Bring water with you because this one is more than two and half hours long.
Lasting a total of 2 hours, 40 minutes, 34 seconds, with a duration of totality of 4 minutes, 26 seconds, this eclipse is sure to make you a happy camper! Let me say that again… 4 minutes and 26 seconds of totality!
Partial begins: Apr 8, 2024 at 12:15:57 pm
Full begins: Apr 8, 2024 at 1:33:17 pm
Maximum: Apr 8, 2024 at 1:35:29 pm
Full ends: Apr 8, 2024 at 1:37:43 pm
Partial ends: Apr 8, 2024 at 2:56:31 pm
A Coruña, Spain — August 12, 2026 (Total)
A Coruña is a beautiful city in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. It is by far the very best place in the entire world to witness this Total Eclipse. Because A Coruña is on the coast, the event happens as the Sun is setting over the ocean giving you an unobstructed view for the entire duration of the eclipse. Other locations in Spain have a much shorter duration and many result in the eclipse ending below the horizon. A Coruña is ideal for this dramatic Total Solar Eclipse at sunset.
A couple of great alternative viewing locations is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Reykjavik, Iceland. But trust me, you want to be in A Coruña for this one!
The A Coruña eclipse will last a total of 1 hours, 50 minutes, 58 seconds, with a duration of totality of 1 minute, 15 seconds. Imagine what an incredible sunset this is going to be from the beach!
Partial begins: Aug 12, 2026 at 7:30:58 pm
Full begins: Aug 12, 2026 at 8:27:40 pm
Maximum: Aug 12, 2026 at 8:28:18 pm
Full ends: Aug 12, 2026 at 8:28:55 pm
Partial ends: Aug 12, 2026 at 9:21:56 pm
Cádiz, Spain — August 2, 2027 (Total)
I found this little gem of a place in Cádiz with a lot of digging through travel blogs and Google Satellite views. Cádiz is a port city in southwestern Spain regarded by many to be the oldest inhabited city in Western Europe. Part of Cádiz is called the “old town” and is a maze of winding and narrow streets and old world plazas. So you’ll have a lot of fun exploring there after this eclipse.
On August 2nd, just after you enjoy a hearty Spanish breakfast, make your way to this ancient Roman Theatre before 9:15 am. I know, I know… just trust me on this one. I can’t be certain it’ll still be there in 2027, or that it’s open and free like it is right now, but almost any place near there will suffice for this eclipse. If we’re lucky it’ll be there and we can enjoy an unobstructed view from the outdoor seating of this magnificent 1st century BC Roman theatre. If not, there are many beautiful vista points around town to see this eclipse.
Lasting a total of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 46 seconds, with a duration of totality of 2 minutes, 57 seconds, this eclipse will be one of the most memorable ever!
Partial begins: Aug 2, 2027 at 9:40:45 am
Full begins: Aug 2, 2027 at 10:45:20 am
Maximum: Aug 2, 2027 at 10:46:48 am
Full ends: Aug 2, 2027 at 10:48:17 am
Partial ends: Aug 2, 2027 at 11:59:31 am
Special Bonus Eclipse: If you have time to stick around in Cádiz until the morning of August 17, 2027, you can witness 21 minutes of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse just as the Moon drops below the horizon (begins at 7:24 am and ends at Moonset: 7:45 am).
Sydney, Australia — July 22, 2028 (Total)
Sydney’s Total Eclipse will rock the entire New South Wales Territory of Australia. In fact, most of the entire continent of Australia will see at least a partial glimpse of this eclipse. But Sydney is smack-dab in the middle of the path of this one, and it’s the largest city on the list. With everything that Sydney has to offer, and so many viewing possibilities, I selected Sydney to celebrate ten-years of breathtaking eclipses.
Lasting a total of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 53 seconds, and a duration of totality of 3 minutes, 48 seconds, this will be one of this century’s most spectacular celestial events.
Partial begins: Jul 22, 2028 at 12:40:45 pm
Full begins: Jul 22, 2028 at 1:59:34 pm
Maximum: Jul 22, 2028 at 2:01:28 pm
Full ends: Jul 22, 2028 at 2:03:22 pm
Partial ends: Jul 22, 2028 at 3:14:38 pm
Alternative Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Although only a Partial solar eclipse (95.35% coverage of Sun), Ubud is a stellar place to experience this Eclipse. In Ubud, the eclipse last 2 hours and 58 minutes starting at 8:51 am, reaches maximum at 10:16 am, and ends at 11:49 am. So you’ll have the cooler morning to observe the eclipse, and then go explore the inside of the coworking spot or air-conditioned cafe.
I researched all these locations because I plan to be at as many of them as I can. Look for me at a pub nearby after the event. Where will you be during these amazing moments in galactic history?
Warnings and Dangers of Looking at the Sun without Protection (Don’t Look At The Sun!)
If you EVER plan to look at the Sun, you must have the right equipment to protect your eyes from damage. Sunglasses and cheap ‘eclipse viewers’ will not protect you. Many of the so-called, “eclipse filter viewers” are fakes, and will not protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the Sun. Many people have seriously damaged their eyes because they didn’t take the necessary precautions before looking at an eclipse. Don’t risk your eyesight!
The folks at “Prevent Blindness” said this:
“Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (except during the very brief time the sun is in total eclipse; and even then, with caution). Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes.”
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Here’s what NASA says about eye safety during eclipses:
“It is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays — even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.”
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View the Sun ONLY with solar viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312–2 international safety standard for such products.