List of solar eclipses in the 20th century BC
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This is a list of solar eclipses in the 20th century BC. During the period 2000 to 1901 BC there were 239 solar eclipses of which 84 were partial, 71 were annular (one non-central ), 62 were total, and 22 were hybrids. The greatest number of eclipses in one year was four, occurring in 10 different years: 1998 BC, 1983 BC, 1980 BC, 1958 BC, 1940 BC, 1926 BC, 1922 BC, 1918 BC, 1911 BC, and 1904 BC. One month, March 1958 BC, had two eclipses. 
|Location||Path width||Geographical area||Ref(s)|
|12 June 2000 BC||03:14:51||5||Total||1.0733||6.37 06m 37s||6.0 6°00′N 33°18′W / 6.0°N 33.3°W||247 km (153 mi)|||
|5 December 2000 BC||23:45:23||10||Annular||0.9382||6.44 06m 44s||32.9 32°54′S 10°48′E / 32.9°S 10.8°E||236 km (147 mi)|||
|1 June 1999 BC||18:09:16||15||Total||1.0284||2.15 02m 15s||46.2 46°12′N 83°24′E / 46.2°N 83.4°E||111 km (69 mi)|||
|25 November 1999 BC||05:57:03||20||Annular||0.9806||1.14 01m 14s||67.8 67°48′S 143°48′W / 67.8°S 143.8°W||162 km (101 mi)|||
|22 April 1998 BC||13:19:56||-13||Partial||0.1611||—||60.6 60°36′S 106°24′W / 60.6°S 106.4°W||—|||
|22 May 1998 BC||02:45:35||25||Partial||0.4035||—||61.7 61°42′N 151°42′W / 61.7°N 151.7°W||—|||
|16 October 1998 BC||08:01:52||-8||Partial||0.6954||—||60.6 60°36′N 22°42′W / 60.6°N 22.7°W||—|||
|14 November 1998 BC||18:48:49||30||Partial||0.0377||—||61.5 61°30′S 27°42′W / 61.5°S 27.7°W||—|||
|10 April 1997 BC||13:54:52||-3||Annular||0.9464||5.11 05m 11s||38.2 38°12′S 167°12′W / 38.2°S 167.2°W||277 km (172 mi)|||
|4 October 1997 BC||23:23:37||2||Total||1.0257||2.04 02m 04s||28.8 28°48′N 38°36′E / 28.8°N 38.6°E||101 km (63 mi)|||
|30 March 1996 BC||17:24:52||7||Annular||0.9873||1.17 01m 17s||0.2 0°12′S 112°42′E / 0.2°S 112.7°E||45 km (28 mi)|||
|24 September 1996 BC||10:31:54||12||Annular||0.9766||2.22 02m 22s||3.1 3°06′S 150°00′W / 3.1°S 150.0°W||85 km (53 mi)|||
|20 March 1995 BC||03:59:50||17||Total||1.0333||2.35 02m 35s||39.4 39°24′N 73°18′W / 39.4°N 73.3°W||186 km (116 mi)|||
|13 September 1995 BC||14:32:00||22||Annular||0.9249||6.58 06m 58s||48.2 48°12′S 116°06′E / 48.2°S 116.1°E||733 km (455 mi)|||
|8 February 1994 BC||11:41:40||-11||Partial||0.8826||—||62.7 62°42′S 23°06′W / 62.7°S 23.1°W||—|||
|9 March 1994 BC||19:48:09||27||Partial||0.0754||—||61.2 61°12′N 11°24′E / 61.2°N 11.4°E||—|||
|3 August 1994 BC||21:35:06||-6||Partial||0.4292||—||63.5 63°30′N 166°42′W / 63.5°N 166.7°W||—|||
|29 January 1993 BC||02:34:14||-1||Total||1.0181||1.30 01m 30s||44.1 44°06′S 13°18′W / 44.1°S 13.3°W||67 km (42 mi)|||
|23 July 1993 BC||04:03:17||4||Hybrid||1.0059||0.29 00m 29s||54.0 54°00′N 39°00′W / 54.0°N 39.0°W||24 km (15 mi)|||
|17 January 1992 BC||11:29:42||9||Annular||0.9599||5.03 05m 03s||3.5 3°30′S 160°06′W / 3.5°S 160.1°W||155 km (96 mi)|||
|12 July 1992 BC||17:34:12||14||Total||1.0606||5.50 05m 50s||10.0 10°00′N 106°18′E / 10.0°N 106.3°E||205 km (127 mi)|||
|6 January 1991 BC||13:10:01||19||Partial||0.8256||—||65.4 65°24′N 163°18′E / 65.4°N 163.3°E||—|||
|2 July 1991 BC||10:30:06||24||Total||1.0609||4.30 04m 30s||51.2 51°12′S 149°30′W / 51.2°S 149.5°W||756 km (470 mi)|||
|26 November 1991 BC||19:21:37||-9||Partial||0.5316||—||69.3 69°18′S 67°24′W / 69.3°S 67.4°W||—|||
|23 May 1990 BC||16:56:38||-4||Hybrid||1.0067||0.27 00m 27s||72.1 72°06′N 79°24′E / 72.1°N 79.4°E||46 km (29 mi)|||
|16 November 1990 BC||03:39:33||1||Hybrid||1.0036||0.18 00m 18s||44.0 44°00′S 54°06′W / 44.0°S 54.1°W||14 km (8.7 mi)|||
|11 May 1989 BC||23:28:58||6||Annular||0.9652||4.11 04m 11s||18.3 18°18′N 16°48′E / 18.3°N 16.8°E||126 km (78 mi)|||
|4 November 1989 BC||17:46:47||11||Total||1.0435||4.04 04m 04s||0.6 0°36′S 106°30′E / 0.6°S 106.5°E||148 km (92 mi)|||
|1 May 1988 BC||00:29:51||16||Annular||0.9464||6.10 06m 10s||31.9 31°54′S 17°06′E / 31.9°S 17.1°E||264 km (164 mi)|||
|25 October 1988 BC||09:21:08||21||Total||1.0260||1.58 01m 58s||48.3 48°18′N 107°06′W / 48.3°N 107.1°W||165 km (103 mi)|||
|21 March 1987 BC||15:06:51||-12||Partial||0.3949||—||71.2 71°12′N 79°18′E / 71.2°N 79.3°E||—|||
|20 April 1987 BC||02:55:09||26||Partial||0.2645||—||71.5 71°30′S 44°36′E / 71.5°S 44.6°E||—|||
|15 September 1987 BC||07:15:14||-7||Partial||0.4983||—||71.0 71°00′S 155°30′W / 71.0°S 155.5°W||—|||
|11 March 1986 BC||03:26:36||-2||Total||1.0490||4.29 04m 29s||20.3 20°18′N 44°12′W / 20.3°N 44.2°W||191 km (119 mi)|||
|4 September 1986 BC||09:29:03||3||Annular||0.9272||9.22 09m 22s||21.9 21°54′S 138°18′W / 21.9°S 138.3°W||338 km (210 mi)|||
|28 February 1985 BC||19:51:38||8||Total||1.0690||5.53 05m 53s||25.5 25°30′S 81°54′E / 25.5°S 81.9°E||229 km (142 mi)|||
|23 August 1985 BC||09:09:06||13||Annular||0.9402||7.27 07m 27s||24.0 24°00′N 123°06′W / 24.0°N 123.1°W||223 km (139 mi)|||
|17 February 1984 BC||11:43:36||18||Total||1.0259||1.30 01m 30s||79.1 79°06′S 89°06′W / 79.1°S 89.1°W||246 km (153 mi)|||
|12 August 1984 BC||13:43:07||23||Annular||0.9820||1.15 01m 15s||75.4 75°24′N 168°06′W / 75.4°N 168.1°W||116 km (72 mi)|||
|8 January 1983 BC||07:26:45||-10||Partial||0.7132||—||65.6 65°36′N 86°00′W / 65.6°N 86.0°W||—|||
|3 July 1983 BC||17:34:50||-5||Partial||0.8933||—||64.8 64°48′S 127°06′E / 64.8°S 127.1°E||—|||
|2 August 1983 BC||01:40:26||33||Partial||0.0678||—||67.5 67°30′N 157°18′E / 67.5°N 157.3°E||—|||
|28 December 1983 BC||07:38:06||0||Annular||0.9191||11.38 11m 38s||4.2 4°12′N 97°12′W / 4.2°N 97.2°W||346 km (215 mi)|||
|23 June 1982 BC||10:42:06||5||Total||1.0693||6.28 06m 28s||3.3 3°18′N 146°48′W / 3.3°N 146.8°W||240 km (150 mi)|||
|17 December 1982 BC||07:52:15||10||Annular||0.9420||6.21 06m 21s||35.0 35°00′S 110°42′W / 35.0°S 110.7°W||220 km (140 mi)|||
|12 June 1981 BC||01:14:01||15||Total||1.0242||2.00 02m 00s||45.0 45°00′N 19°54′W / 45.0°N 19.9°W||91 km (57 mi)|||
|5 December 1981 BC||14:32:25||20||Annular||0.9845||0.58 00m 58s||72.0 72°00′S 82°06′E / 72.0°S 82.1°E||127 km (79 mi)|||
|2 May 1980 BC||19:42:02||-13||Partial||0.0110||—||60.9 60°54′S 147°30′E / 60.9°S 147.5°E||—|||
|1 June 1980 BC||09:17:39||25||Partial||0.5442||—||62.3 62°18′N 99°18′E / 62.3°N 99.3°E||—|||
|26 October 1980 BC||16:52:42||-8||Partial||0.6910||—||60.8 60°48′N 165°54′W / 60.8°N 165.9°W||—|||
|25 November 1980 BC||03:41:17||30||Partial||0.0392||—||62.1 62°06′S 171°42′W / 62.1°S 171.7°W||—|||
|21 April 1979 BC||20:18:29||-3||Annular||0.9476||5.00 05m 00s||40.6 40°36′S 97°48′E / 40.6°S 97.8°E||315 km (196 mi)|||
|16 October 1979 BC||08:02:30||2||Total||1.0214||1.47 01m 47s||24.8 24°48′N 94°00′W / 24.8°N 94.0°W||84 km (52 mi)|||
|11 April 1978 BC||00:17:50||7||Annular||0.9927||0.44 00m 44s||0.4 0°24′N 8°30′E / 0.4°N 8.5°E||26 km (16 mi)|||
|5 October 1978 BC||18:43:53||12||Annular||0.9713||2.53 02m 53s||6.9 6°54′S 84°42′E / 6.9°S 84.7°E||104 km (65 mi)|||
|30 March 1977 BC||11:26:06||17||Total||1.0404||3.05 03m 05s||37.9 37°54′N 174°42′E / 37.9°N 174.7°E||197 km (122 mi)|||
|23 September 1977 BC||22:12:57||22||Annular||0.9215||7.10 07m 10s||48.2 48°12′S 2°48′W / 48.2°S 2.8°W||678 km (421 mi)|||
|18 February 1976 BC||19:47:20||-11||Partial||0.8070||—||62.0 62°00′S 155°30′W / 62.0°S 155.5°W||—|||
|20 March 1976 BC||03:32:45||27||Partial||0.1811||—||60.9 60°54′N 115°30′W / 60.9°N 115.5°W||—|||
|14 August 1976 BC||04:48:27||-6||Partial||0.3516||—||62.7 62°42′N 73°48′E / 62.7°N 73.8°E||—|||
|8 February 1975 BC||10:34:06||-1||Total||1.0179||1.28 01m 28s||43.3 43°18′S 131°36′W / 43.3°S 131.6°W||68 km (42 mi)|||
|3 August 1975 BC||11:35:27||4||Hybrid||1.0057||0.27 00m 27s||55.0 55°00′N 147°36′W / 55.0°N 147.6°W||24 km (15 mi)|||
|28 January 1974 BC||19:13:23||9||Annular||0.9602||4.54 04m 54s||4.2 4°12′S 82°00′E / 4.2°S 82.0°E||152 km (94 mi)|||
|24 July 1974 BC||01:18:22||14||Total||1.0601||5.38 05m 38s||12.9 12°54′N 11°18′W / 12.9°N 11.3°W||201 km (125 mi)|||
|17 January 1973 BC||20:43:43||19||Partial||0.8677||—||64.4 64°24′N 38°00′E / 64.4°N 38.0°E||—|||
|12 July 1973 BC||18:09:32||24||Total||1.0603||4.50 04m 50s||40.7 40°42′S 89°36′E / 40.7°S 89.6°E||464 km (288 mi)|||
|7 December 1973 BC||03:38:57||-9||Partial||0.5347||—||68.4 68°24′S 154°24′E / 68.4°S 154.4°E||—|||
|2 June 1972 BC||23:50:31||-4||Annular||0.9992||0.03 00m 03s||81.4 81°24′N 79°48′W / 81.4°N 79.8°W||8 km (5.0 mi)|||
|26 November 1972 BC||12:22:23||1||Hybrid||1.0069||0.34 00m 34s||47.7 47°42′S 175°18′E / 47.7°S 175.3°E||28 km (17 mi)|||
|23 May 1971 BC||05:53:04||6||Annular||0.9625||4.23 04m 23s||26.8 26°48′N 82°42′W / 26.8°N 82.7°W||138 km (86 mi)|||
|16 November 1971 BC||02:41:09||11||Total||1.0442||4.10 04m 10s||4.4 4°24′S 29°18′W / 4.4°S 29.3°W||150 km (93 mi)|||
|12 May 1970 BC||06:45:38||16||Annular||0.9485||6.24 06m 24s||22.1 22°06′S 83°30′W / 22.1°S 83.5°W||231 km (144 mi)|||
|5 November 1970 BC||18:10:59||21||Total||1.0233||1.51 01m 51s||45.1 45°06′N 115°06′E / 45.1°N 115.1°E||149 km (93 mi)|||
|31 March 1969 BC||22:13:17||-12||Partial||0.2843||—||71.5 71°30′N 42°54′W / 71.5°N 42.9°W||—|||
|30 April 1969 BC||09:34:02||26||Partial||0.4110||—||71.2 71°12′S 70°36′W / 71.2°S 70.6°W||—|||
|25 September 1969 BC||15:13:22||-7||Partial||0.4628||—||71.5 71°30′S 69°18′E / 71.5°S 69.3°E||—|||
|21 March 1968 BC||11:03:12||-2||Total||1.0537||4.38 04m 38s||27.8 27°48′N 163°36′W / 27.8°N 163.6°W||218 km (135 mi)|||
|14 September 1968 BC||16:59:19||3||Annular||0.9232||9.27 09m 27s||27.4 27°24′S 104°36′E / 27.4°S 104.6°E||368 km (229 mi)|||
|11 March 1967 BC||03:42:14||8||Total||1.0719||6.14 06m 14s||18.7 18°42′S 38°42′W / 18.7°S 38.7°W||236 km (147 mi)|||
|3 September 1967 BC||16:35:18||13||Annular||0.9390||7.41 07m 41s||18.5 18°30′N 123°18′E / 18.5°N 123.3°E||227 km (141 mi)|||
|28 February 1966 BC||19:33:01||18||Total||1.0279||1.44 01m 44s||71.9 71°54′S 125°00′E / 71.9°S 125.0°E||208 km (129 mi)|||
|23 August 1966 BC||21:25:13||23||Annular||0.9831||1.14 01m 14s||67.9 67°54′N 73°12′E / 67.9°N 73.2°E||98 km (61 mi)|||
|19 January 1965 BC||15:11:49||-10||Partial||0.6686||—||66.7 66°42′N 145°24′E / 66.7°N 145.4°E||—|||
|14 July 1965 BC||01:14:53||-5||Partial||0.7821||—||65.8 65°48′S 0°06′E / 65.8°S 0.1°E||—|||
|12 August 1965 BC||09:35:44||33||Partial||0.1540||—||68.5 68°30′N 25°12′E / 68.5°N 25.2°E||—|||
|7 January 1964 BC||15:19:18||0||Annular||0.9215||11.26 11m 26s||5.4 5°24′N 144°48′E / 5.4°N 144.8°E||340 km (210 mi)|||
|3 July 1964 BC||18:12:59||5||Total||1.0646||6.12 06m 12s||0.1 0°06′S 98°18′E / 0.1°S 98.3°E||231 km (144 mi)|||
|27 December 1964 BC||15:54:04||10||Annular||0.9464||5.54 05m 54s||35.9 35°54′S 129°36′E / 35.9°S 129.6°E||202 km (126 mi)|||
|23 June 1963 BC||08:20:59||15||Total||1.0193||1.41 01m 41s||43.0 43°00′N 124°12′W / 43.0°N 124.2°W||71 km (44 mi)|||
|16 December 1963 BC||23:03:15||20||Annular||0.9893||0.39 00m 39s||76.3 76°18′S 47°18′W / 76.3°S 47.3°W||85 km (53 mi)|||
|12 June 1962 BC||15:51:46||25||Partial||0.6797||—||63.1 63°06′N 10°18′W / 63.1°N 10.3°W||—|||
|7 November 1962 BC||01:46:11||-8||Partial||0.6910||—||61.1 61°06′N 50°12′E / 61.1°N 50.2°E||—|||
|6 December 1962 BC||12:31:33||30||Partial||0.0428||—||62.9 62°54′S 44°42′E / 62.9°S 44.7°E||—|||
|2 May 1961 BC||02:39:40||-3||Annular||0.9479||4.49 04m 49s||45.2 45°12′S 4°42′E / 45.2°S 4.7°E||410 km (250 mi)|||
|26 October 1961 BC||16:45:10||2||Total||1.0175||1.31 01m 31s||21.0 21°00′N 132°12′E / 21.0°N 132.2°E||70 km (43 mi)|||
|21 April 1960 BC||07:07:29||7||Annular||0.9977||0.14 00m 14s||0.6 0°36′N 94°42′W / 0.6°N 94.7°W||8 km (5.0 mi)|||
|16 October 1960 BC||03:01:44||12||Annular||0.9665||3.23 03m 23s||11.1 11°06′S 42°00′W / 11.1°S 42.0°W||122 km (76 mi)|||
|10 April 1959 BC||18:45:52||17||Total||1.0468||3.32 03m 32s||37.0 37°00′N 64°42′E / 37.0°N 64.7°E||206 km (128 mi)|||
|5 October 1959 BC||06:02:20||22||Annular||0.9183||7.16 07m 16s||49.8 49°48′S 124°36′W / 49.8°S 124.6°W||664 km (413 mi)|||
|2 March 1958 BC||03:43:57||-11||Partial||0.7169||—||61.4 61°24′S 74°30′E / 61.4°S 74.5°E||—|||
|31 March 1958 BC||11:10:33||27||Partial||0.2986||—||60.7 60°42′N 119°30′E / 60.7°N 119.5°E||—|||
|25 August 1958 BC||12:12:43||-6||Partial||0.2884||—||62.0 62°00′N 48°12′W / 62.0°N 48.2°W||—|||
|24 September 1958 BC||05:12:58||32||Partial||0.0061||—||60.7 60°42′S 147°06′W / 60.7°S 147.1°W||—|||
|19 February 1957 BC||18:25:24||-1||Total||1.0176||1.25 01m 25s||42.2 42°12′S 111°54′E / 42.2°S 111.9°E||68 km (42 mi)|||
|13 August 1957 BC||19:17:10||4||Hybrid||1.0054||0.25 00m 25s||54.4 54°24′N 100°48′E / 54.4°N 100.8°E||23 km (14 mi)|||
|8 February 1956 BC||02:47:50||9||Annular||0.9608||4.41 04m 41s||4.4 4°24′S 33°24′W / 4.4°S 33.4°W||148 km (92 mi)|||
|3 August 1956 BC||09:08:54||14||Total||1.0589||5.22 05m 22s||14.5 14°30′N 130°06′W / 14.5°N 130.1°W||196 km (122 mi)|||
|28 January 1955 BC||04:09:29||19||Annular||0.9207||—||63.4 63°24′N 84°54′W / 63.4°N 84.9°W||—|||
|24 July 1955 BC||01:54:42||24||Total||1.0580||4.51 04m 51s||34.1 34°06′S 31°30′W / 34.1°S 31.5°W||361 km (224 mi)|||
|18 December 1955 BC||11:52:50||-9||Partial||0.5318||—||67.3 67°18′S 17°42′E / 67.3°S 17.7°E||—|||
|14 June 1954 BC||06:46:26||-4||Partial||0.9489||—||68.0 68°00′N 99°06′E / 68.0°N 99.1°E||—|||
|7 December 1954 BC||21:03:10||1||Hybrid||1.0107||0.52 00m 52s||50.8 50°48′S 46°24′E / 50.8°S 46.4°E||43 km (27 mi)|||
|2 June 1953 BC||12:18:03||6||Annular||0.9595||4.34 04m 34s||34.9 34°54′N 178°30′E / 34.9°N 178.5°E||153 km (95 mi)|||
|26 November 1953 BC||11:34:24||11||Total||1.0452||4.18 04m 18s||7.7 7°42′S 164°42′W / 7.7°S 164.7°W||153 km (95 mi)|||
|22 May 1952 BC||13:02:16||16||Annular||0.9502||6.34 06m 34s||13.1 13°06′S 176°54′E / 13.1°S 176.9°E||209 km (130 mi)|||
|16 November 1952 BC||03:00:41||21||Total||1.0211||1.44 01m 44s||42.4 42°24′N 22°48′W / 42.4°N 22.8°W||137 km (85 mi)|||
|12 April 1951 BC||05:14:40||-12||Partial||0.1642||—||71.5 71°30′N 164°00′W / 71.5°N 164.0°W||—|||
|11 May 1951 BC||16:12:21||26||Partial||0.5621||—||70.6 70°36′S 174°36′E / 70.6°S 174.6°E||—|||
|6 October 1951 BC||23:18:01||-7||Partial||0.4387||—||71.7 71°42′S 67°54′W / 71.7°S 67.9°W||—|||
|1 April 1950 BC||18:33:43||-2||Total||1.0576||4.39 04m 39s||36.0 36°00′N 77°48′E / 36.0°N 77.8°E||248 km (154 mi)|||
|26 September 1950 BC||00:37:49||3||Annular||0.9197||9.25 09m 25s||32.8 32°48′S 14°24′W / 32.8°S 14.4°W||394 km (245 mi)|||
|21 March 1949 BC||11:25:32||8||Total||1.0742||6.31 06m 31s||11.4 11°24′S 158°06′W / 11.4°S 158.1°W||242 km (150 mi)|||
|14 September 1949 BC||00:12:27||13||Annular||0.9380||7.51 07m 51s||13.1 13°06′N 6°36′E / 13.1°N 6.6°E||231 km (144 mi)|||
|11 March 1948 BC||03:11:51||18||Total||1.0294||1.59 01m 59s||63.3 63°18′S 4°18′W / 63.3°S 4.3°W||183 km (114 mi)|||
|3 September 1948 BC||05:17:59||23||Annular||0.9839||1.15 01m 15s||61.0 61°00′N 48°24′W / 61.0°N 48.4°W||88 km (55 mi)|||
|29 January 1947 BC||22:46:25||-10||Partial||0.6110||—||67.8 67°48′N 18°54′E / 67.8°N 18.9°E||—|||
|25 July 1947 BC||09:01:49||-5||Partial||0.6819||—||66.8 66°48′S 129°06′W / 66.8°S 129.1°W||—|||
|23 August 1947 BC||17:40:35||33||Partial||0.2262||—||69.4 69°24′N 109°54′W / 69.4°N 109.9°W||—|||
|18 January 1946 BC||22:51:51||0||Annular||0.9243||10.58 10m 58s||7.8 7°48′N 28°42′E / 7.8°N 28.7°E||333 km (207 mi)|||
|15 July 1946 BC||01:49:25||5||Total||1.0593||5.48 05m 48s||4.1 4°06′S 18°30′W / 4.1°S 18.5°W||221 km (137 mi)|||
|7 January 1945 BC||23:51:29||10||Annular||0.9514||5.24 05m 24s||35.5 35°30′S 11°06′E / 35.5°S 11.1°E||182 km (113 mi)|||
|3 July 1945 BC||15:30:05||15||Hybrid||1.0139||1.16 01m 16s||40.3 40°18′N 130°24′E / 40.3°N 130.4°E||50 km (31 mi)|||
|27 December 1945 BC||07:31:39||20||Annular||0.9946||0.20 00m 20s||80.4 80°24′S 169°00′W / 80.4°S 169.0°W||41 km (25 mi)|||
|22 June 1944 BC||22:27:06||25||Partial||0.8113||—||63.9 63°54′N 120°24′W / 63.9°N 120.4°W||—|||
|17 November 1944 BC||10:40:46||-8||Partial||0.6919||—||61.6 61°36′N 94°06′W / 61.6°N 94.1°W||—|||
|16 December 1944 BC||21:18:48||30||Partial||0.0512||—||63.7 63°42′S 98°24′W / 63.7°S 98.4°W||—|||
|13 May 1943 BC||08:59:51||-3||Annular||0.9462||4.34 04m 34s||54.8 54°48′S 81°30′W / 54.8°S 81.5°W||978 km (608 mi)|||
|7 November 1943 BC||01:29:55||2||Hybrid||1.0143||1.17 01m 17s||17.4 17°24′N 2°12′W / 17.4°N 2.2°W||57 km (35 mi)|||
|2 May 1942 BC||13:57:20||7||Hybrid||1.0021||0.12 00m 12s||0.5 0°30′N 161°54′E / 0.5°N 161.9°E||7 km (4.3 mi)|||
|27 October 1942 BC||11:21:18||12||Annular||0.9623||3.49 03m 49s||15.5 15°30′S 169°06′W / 15.5°S 169.1°W||138 km (86 mi)|||
|21 April 1941 BC||02:04:36||17||Total||1.0524||3.56 03m 56s||36.8 36°48′N 44°42′W / 36.8°N 44.7°W||213 km (132 mi)|||
|15 October 1941 BC||13:56:25||22||Annular||0.9156||7.17 07m 17s||52.3 52°18′S 112°12′E / 52.3°S 112.2°E||662 km (411 mi)|||
|12 March 1940 BC||11:31:58||-11||Partial||0.6133||—||61.0 61°00′S 53°06′W / 61.0°S 53.1°W||—|||
|10 April 1940 BC||18:42:36||27||Partial||0.4259||—||60.6 60°36′N 4°06′W / 60.6°N 4.1°W||—|||
|4 September 1940 BC||19:47:20||-6||Partial||0.2384||—||61.4 61°24′N 172°36′W / 61.4°N 172.6°W||—|||
|4 October 1940 BC||13:00:58||32||Partial||0.0367||—||60.5 60°30′S 85°24′E / 60.5°S 85.4°E||—|||
|2 March 1939 BC||02:05:12||-1||Total||1.0169||1.21 01m 21s||41.0 41°00′S 2°06′W / 41.0°S 2.1°W||67 km (42 mi)|||
|25 August 1939 BC||03:09:40||4||Hybrid||1.0050||0.23 00m 23s||52.6 52°36′N 15°00′W / 52.6°N 15.0°W||22 km (14 mi)|||
|19 February 1938 BC||10:09:18||9||Annular||0.9613||4.29 04m 29s||4.4 4°24′S 145°18′W / 4.4°S 145.3°W||144 km (89 mi)|||
|14 August 1938 BC||17:09:41||14||Total||1.0574||5.05 05m 05s||14.8 14°48′N 108°42′E / 14.8°N 108.7°E||190 km (120 mi)|||
|8 February 1937 BC||11:24:38||19||Annular||0.9202||7.38 07m 38s||53.9 53°54′N 167°42′E / 53.9°N 167.7°E||—|||
|3 August 1937 BC||09:46:19||24||Total||1.0548||4.40 04m 40s||29.8 29°48′S 153°24′W / 29.8°S 153.4°W||300 km (190 mi)|||
|28 December 1937 BC||20:02:32||-9||Partial||0.5216||—||66.2 66°12′S 117°24′W / 66.2°S 117.4°W||—|||
|24 June 1936 BC||13:43:01||-4||Partial||0.8073||—||67.0 67°00′N 18°00′W / 67.0°N 18.0°W||—|||
|18 December 1936 BC||05:41:01||1||Hybrid||1.0150||1.11 01m 11s||53.2 53°12′S 80°30′W / 53.2°S 80.5°W||60 km (37 mi)|||
|13 June 1935 BC||18:42:52||6||Annular||0.9558||4.44 04m 44s||42.5 42°30′N 81°00′E / 42.5°N 81.0°E||173 km (107 mi)|||
|7 December 1935 BC||20:26:30||11||Total||1.0468||4.28 04m 28s||10.4 10°24′S 60°30′E / 10.4°S 60.5°E||158 km (98 mi)|||
|2 June 1934 BC||19:20:26||16||Annular||0.9512||6.39 06m 39s||4.8 4°48′S 77°42′E / 4.8°S 77.7°E||195 km (121 mi)|||
|27 November 1934 BC||11:49:40||21||Total||1.0194||1.39 01m 39s||40.1 40°06′N 160°30′W / 40.1°N 160.5°W||128 km (80 mi)|||
|22 April 1933 BC||12:14:51||-12||Partial||0.0401||—||71.2 71°12′N 75°24′E / 71.2°N 75.4°E||—|||
|21 May 1933 BC||22:52:55||26||Partial||0.7135||—||69.9 69°54′S 59°54′E / 69.9°S 59.9°E||—|||
|17 October 1933 BC||07:27:29||-7||Partial||0.4228||—||71.6 71°36′S 153°36′E / 71.6°S 153.6°E||—|||
|12 April 1932 BC||01:59:44||-2||Total||1.0608||4.33 04m 33s||44.8 44°48′N 40°36′W / 44.8°N 40.6°W||284 km (176 mi)|||
|6 October 1932 BC||08:23:27||3||Annular||0.9167||9.19 09m 19s||38.0 38°00′S 135°06′W / 38.0°S 135.1°W||418 km (260 mi)|||
|1 April 1931 BC||19:02:33||8||Total||1.0760||6.43 06m 43s||3.7 3°42′S 83°36′E / 3.7°S 83.6°E||246 km (153 mi)|||
|25 September 1931 BC||07:58:25||13||Annular||0.9374||7.55 07m 55s||7.7 7°42′N 112°30′W / 7.7°N 112.5°W||233 km (145 mi)|||
|22 March 1930 BC||10:43:01||18||Total||1.0303||2.13 02m 13s||54.5 54°30′S 127°00′W / 54.5°S 127.0°W||164 km (102 mi)|||
|14 September 1930 BC||13:20:52||23||Annular||0.9846||1.14 01m 14s||54.7 54°42′N 172°48′W / 54.7°N 172.8°W||80 km (50 mi)|||
|10 February 1929 BC||06:11:20||-10||Partial||0.5418||—||68.8 68°48′N 105°48′W / 68.8°N 105.8°W||—|||
|4 August 1929 BC||16:56:04||-5||Partial||0.5932||—||67.8 67°48′S 99°24′E / 67.8°S 99.4°E||—|||
|3 September 1929 BC||01:53:33||33||Partial||0.2863||—||70.2 70°12′N 112°24′E / 70.2°N 112.4°E||—|||
|29 January 1928 BC||06:15:48||0||Annular||0.9274||10.18 10m 18s||11.5 11°30′N 85°42′W / 11.5°N 85.7°W||326 km (203 mi)|||
|25 July 1928 BC||09:31:57||5||Total||1.0535||5.16 05m 16s||8.6 8°36′S 137°18′W / 8.6°S 137.3°W||208 km (129 mi)|||
|18 January 1927 BC||07:40:04||10||Annular||0.9570||4.50 04m 50s||33.5 33°30′S 105°30′W / 33.5°S 105.5°W||159 km (99 mi)|||
|14 July 1927 BC||22:44:43||15||Hybrid||1.0079||0.46 00m 46s||36.8 36°48′N 22°48′E / 36.8°N 22.8°E||28 km (17 mi)|||
|7 January 1926 BC||15:52:48||20||Hybrid||1.0006||0.02 00m 02s||83.1 83°06′S 91°24′E / 83.1°S 91.4°E||4 km (2.5 mi)|||
|4 July 1926 BC||05:07:17||25||Partial||0.9342||—||64.8 64°48′N 128°00′E / 64.8°N 128.0°E||—|||
|28 November 1926 BC||19:33:50||-8||Partial||0.6904||—||62.3 62°18′N 121°48′E / 62.3°N 121.8°E||—|||
|28 December 1926 BC||06:00:28||30||Partial||0.0675||—||64.7 64°42′S 119°36′E / 64.7°S 119.6°E||—|||
|23 May 1925 BC||15:21:27||-3||Partial||0.8577||—||61.8 61°48′S 170°24′W / 61.8°S 170.4°W||—|||
|17 November 1925 BC||10:15:36||2||Hybrid||1.0116||1.06 01m 06s||14.2 14°12′N 137°00′W / 14.2°N 137.0°W||47 km (29 mi)|||
|12 May 1924 BC||20:45:04||7||Hybrid||1.0059||0.36 00m 36s||0.2 0°12′S 59°06′E / 0.2°S 59.1°E||21 km (13 mi)|||
|6 November 1924 BC||19:44:18||12||Annular||0.9588||4.14 04m 14s||19.8 19°48′S 63°12′E / 19.8°S 63.2°E||152 km (94 mi)|||
|2 May 1923 BC||09:19:50||17||Total||1.0573||4.18 04m 18s||36.7 36°42′N 152°48′W / 36.7°N 152.8°W||219 km (136 mi)|||
|26 October 1923 BC||21:55:31||22||Annular||0.9134||7.15 07m 15s||55.6 55°36′S 12°42′W / 55.6°S 12.7°W||671 km (417 mi)|||
|23 March 1922 BC||19:12:17||-11||Partial||0.4978||—||60.7 60°42′S 178°48′W / 60.7°S 178.8°W||—|||
|22 April 1922 BC||02:10:29||27||Partial||0.5603||—||60.7 60°42′N 126°42′W / 60.7°N 126.7°W||—|||
|16 September 1922 BC||03:32:55||-6||Partial||0.2026||—||61.0 61°00′N 60°18′E / 61.0°N 60.3°E||—|||
|15 October 1922 BC||20:56:53||32||Partial||0.0567||—||60.5 60°30′S 44°00′W / 60.5°S 44.0°W||—|||
|12 March 1921 BC||09:36:57||-1||Total||1.0158||1.16 01m 16s||39.9 39°54′S 114°24′W / 39.9°S 114.4°W||65 km (40 mi)|||
|4 September 1921 BC||11:10:54||4||Hybrid||1.0046||0.21 00m 21s||49.9 49°54′N 134°42′W / 49.9°N 134.7°W||21 km (13 mi)|||
|1 March 1920 BC||17:22:05||9||Annular||0.9619||4.17 04m 17s||4.1 4°06′S 105°12′E / 4.1°S 105.2°E||140 km (87 mi)|||
|25 August 1920 BC||01:18:07||14||Total||1.0556||4.49 04m 49s||13.9 13°54′N 14°30′W / 13.9°N 14.5°W||184 km (114 mi)|||
|18 February 1919 BC||18:29:52||19||Annular||0.9255||7.30 07m 30s||46.0 46°00′N 61°48′E / 46.0°N 61.8°E||755 km (469 mi)|||
|14 August 1919 BC||17:45:39||24||Total||1.0510||4.21 04m 21s||27.3 27°18′S 83°06′E / 27.3°S 83.1°E||256 km (159 mi)|||
|9 January 1918 BC||04:06:28||-9||Partial||0.5017||—||65.2 65°12′S 109°30′E / 65.2°S 109.5°E||—|||
|5 July 1918 BC||20:44:02||-4||Partial||0.6764||—||66.0 66°00′N 135°42′W / 66.0°N 135.7°W||—|||
|4 August 1918 BC||07:51:37||34||Partial||0.0346||—||63.5 63°30′S 148°54′W / 63.5°S 148.9°W||—|||
|29 December 1918 BC||14:13:35||1||Total||1.0197||1.31 01m 31s||54.8 54°48′S 154°54′E / 54.8°S 154.9°E||79 km (49 mi)|||
|24 June 1917 BC||01:12:09||6||Annular||0.9519||4.53 04m 53s||49.4 49°24′N 15°54′W / 49.4°N 15.9°W||197 km (122 mi)|||
|18 December 1917 BC||05:14:10||11||Total||1.0488||4.39 04m 39s||12.6 12°36′S 73°06′W / 12.6°S 73.1°W||165 km (103 mi)|||
|13 June 1916 BC||01:41:44||16||Annular||0.9518||6.40 06m 40s||2.8 2°48′N 21°18′W / 2.8°N 21.3°W||186 km (116 mi)|||
|7 December 1916 BC||20:35:33||21||Total||1.0182||1.36 01m 36s||38.2 38°12′N 62°24′E / 38.2°N 62.4°E||121 km (75 mi)|||
|2 June 1915 BC||05:36:42||26||Partial||0.8639||—||69.0 69°00′S 55°12′W / 69.0°S 55.2°W||—|||
|28 October 1915 BC||15:39:52||-7||Partial||0.4125||—||71.3 71°18′S 14°36′E / 71.3°S 14.6°E||—|||
|23 April 1914 BC||09:22:31||-2||Total||1.0629||4.19 04m 19s||54.3 54°18′N 159°48′W / 54.3°N 159.8°W||332 km (206 mi)|||
|17 October 1914 BC||16:15:51||3||Annular||0.9145||9.09 09m 09s||43.1 43°06′S 103°06′E / 43.1°S 103.1°E||436 km (271 mi)|||
|12 April 1913 BC||02:33:41||8||Total||1.0769||6.48 06m 48s||4.3 4°18′N 33°24′W / 4.3°N 33.4°W||249 km (155 mi)|||
|5 October 1913 BC||15:53:35||13||Annular||0.9371||7.55 07m 55s||2.4 2°24′N 126°00′E / 2.4°N 126.0°E||234 km (145 mi)|||
|1 April 1912 BC||18:05:15||18||Total||1.0307||2.26 02m 26s||45.5 45°30′S 114°24′E / 45.5°S 114.4°E||149 km (93 mi)|||
|24 September 1912 BC||21:33:45||23||Annular||0.9854||1.14 01m 14s||48.8 48°48′N 60°12′E / 48.8°N 60.2°E||73 km (45 mi)|||
|20 February 1911 BC||13:23:40||-10||Partial||0.4569||—||69.7 69°42′N 132°06′E / 69.7°N 132.1°E||—|||
|22 March 1911 BC||03:40:50||28||Partial||0.0265||—||71.2 71°12′S 61°36′E / 71.2°S 61.6°E||—|||
|16 August 1911 BC||00:59:14||-5||Partial||0.5188||—||68.8 68°48′S 34°48′W / 68.8°S 34.8°W||—|||
|14 September 1911 BC||10:16:33||33||Partial||0.3312||—||70.9 70°54′N 28°24′W / 70.9°N 28.4°W||—|||
|9 February 1910 BC||13:30:39||0||Annular||0.9307||9.28 09m 28s||16.3 16°18′N 161°36′E / 16.3°N 161.6°E||320 km (200 mi)|||
|5 August 1910 BC||17:20:50||5||Total||1.0475||4.38 04m 38s||13.5 13°30′S 101°42′E / 13.5°S 101.7°E||193 km (120 mi)|||
|29 January 1909 BC||15:22:41||10||Annular||0.9628||4.13 04m 13s||30.3 30°18′S 138°48′E / 30.3°S 138.8°E||136 km (85 mi)|||
|25 July 1909 BC||06:03:48||15||Hybrid||1.0017||0.10 00m 10s||32.7 32°42′N 86°42′W / 32.7°N 86.7°W||6 km (3.7 mi)|||
|18 January 1908 BC||00:08:49||20||Hybrid||1.0071||0.27 00m 27s||81.7 81°42′S 4°42′E / 81.7°S 4.7°E||47 km (29 mi)|||
|14 July 1908 BC||11:50:45||25||Annular||0.9452||3.30 03m 30s||82.7 82°42′N 36°18′E / 82.7°N 36.3°E||673 km (418 mi)|||
|9 December 1908 BC||04:25:19||-8||Partial||0.6864||—||63.1 63°06′N 22°06′W / 63.1°N 22.1°W||—|||
|7 January 1907 BC||14:37:00||30||Partial||0.0912||—||65.7 65°42′S 21°30′W / 65.7°S 21.5°W||—|||
|3 June 1907 BC||21:45:37||-3||Partial||0.7138||—||62.5 62°30′S 82°36′E / 62.5°S 82.6°E||—|||
|28 November 1907 BC||18:58:47||2||Hybrid||1.0095||0.56 00m 56s||11.6 11°36′N 89°06′E / 11.6°N 89.1°E||38 km (24 mi)|||
|24 May 1906 BC||03:36:37||7||Hybrid||1.0090||0.56 00m 56s||1.6 1°36′S 45°00′W / 1.6°S 45.0°W||33 km (21 mi)|||
|18 November 1906 BC||04:06:24||12||Annular||0.9559||4.36 04m 36s||23.9 23°54′S 63°54′W / 23.9°S 63.9°W||163 km (101 mi)|||
|12 May 1905 BC||16:35:44||17||Total||1.0613||4.39 04m 39s||36.6 36°36′N 99°12′E / 36.6°N 99.2°E||223 km (139 mi)|||
|6 November 1905 BC||05:56:20||22||Annular||0.9118||7.10 07m 10s||59.4 59°24′S 138°00′W / 59.4°S 138.0°W||680 km (420 mi)|||
|3 April 1904 BC||02:45:51||-11||Partial||0.3724||—||60.6 60°36′S 57°12′E / 60.6°S 57.2°E||—|||
|2 May 1904 BC||09:35:23||27||Partial||0.6993||—||61.0 61°00′N 111°30′E / 61.0°N 111.5°E||—|||
|26 September 1904 BC||11:27:50||-6||Partial||0.1777||—||60.7 60°42′N 68°54′W / 60.7°N 68.9°W||—|||
|26 October 1904 BC||04:57:57||32||Partial||0.0711||—||60.7 60°42′S 174°42′W / 60.7°S 174.7°W||—|||
|23 March 1903 BC||16:57:33||-1||Total||1.0140||1.07 01m 07s||39.4 39°24′S 136°00′E / 39.4°S 136.0°E||61 km (38 mi)|||
|15 September 1903 BC||19:22:56||4||Hybrid||1.0044||0.20 00m 20s||46.6 46°36′N 101°18′E / 46.6°N 101.3°E||21 km (13 mi)|||
|13 March 1902 BC||00:23:10||9||Annular||0.9623||4.09 04m 09s||3.6 3°36′S 1°12′W / 3.6°S 1.2°W||137 km (85 mi)|||
|5 September 1902 BC||09:35:37||14||Total||1.0537||4.33 04m 33s||12.0 12°00′N 140°12′W / 12.0°N 140.2°W||178 km (111 mi)|||
|1 March 1901 BC||01:25:12||19||Annular||0.9302||7.09 07m 09s||41.1 41°06′N 42°54′W / 41.1°N 42.9°W||523 km (325 mi)|||
|25 August 1901 BC||01:52:52||24||Total||1.0467||3.56 03m 56s||26.4 26°24′S 42°12′W / 26.4°S 42.2°W||222 km (138 mi)|||
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Space.com Staffers Experience the Total Solar Eclipse
Five Space.com staff members traveled to locations around the U.S. to witness the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. It was the first total solar eclipse that any of us had seen in person, and we all came away awed and inspired. Here’s our attempt to convey what it felt like to be present for this amazing event.
Tariq Malik, from Carbondale, Illinois
In 16 years of space reporting, I’ve never felt anything like this.
It’s hot, in the 90s, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies for the thousands of spectators (I am one of them) in Southern Illinois University’s Saluki Stadium (A saluki is an Egyptian dog, SIU’s mascot.) Totality is at 1:20 p.m. CDT, and all eyes are on the weather. Twenty minutes before totality, a dark cloud parks itself over the sun (No!) with the moon ever creeping across the star’s face. The crowd starts stomping. Now they’re chanting: "Move that cloud! Move that cloud!"
A short break in the cloud, and the now the sun is almost totally eclipsed. I check with my eclipse safety glasses. But the cloud closes again.
I had a whole plan for this eclipse. I’m going to look for planets — Mercury, Venus and Jupiter —and shadow bands. I want to see the strange shadows. And now all I can think about is this cloud, and I’ve forgotten the planets and weird animal behavior and the rest. I’m on the phone with MSNBC (they want my immediate reaction later), and now we’re all screaming because there’s another tiny break in the cloud — and there it is! The totally eclipsed sun, for just a second.
I scream at Denise Chow (of Live Science). She’s standing on the field 20 feet away. "Denise! It got dark!" I scream incredulously, though I knew full well what was going to happen. Had been preparing years for this. And yet….
I feel small. I feel like the universe. And connected to everything in between.
And then the sun peaks back out though the cloud and MSNBC is asking me what it was like, so I wipe the tears from my face and try to explain. I don’t do it justice.
I understand what all those eclipse chasers were trying to say now. With just 1 second, not even the full 2 minutes and 38 seconds we had hoped for, it was enough. And I’m going to see it again.
April 8, 2024, I’m looking at YOU. [ Rare Coast-to-Coast Total Solar Eclipse Thrills Millions Across U.S. ]
Calla Cofield, from Rexburg, Idaho
The day started out bright. Very bright. Like midsummer, blue sky, laundry-detergent-commercial brightness. As we walked two blocks to a public park, we passed people sitting in chairs on their lawns (or roofs), wearing eclipse glasses and looking up at the sky. Everyone is outside. Everyone is waiting.
When we reached the park, we picked a spot on the grass among a few hundred people, put on our own glasses and laid back to watch the moon’s progress.
When I slipped the glasses off for a moment to look around, the world had become noticeably dimmer. Not exactly in the way it gets dim in the evening, because the sky was still bright blue and the sun was still overhead; This was something unique, something that didn’t make sense. The light that wrapped around us was slightly green; my eyes couldn’t quite adjust to it. Strange is very best word to describe it, and it was a little disturbing to watch that dimness grow.
Then, in the last 30 seconds before totality, things got really dark. When the moon fully covered the sun, I couldn’t believe the blackness that descended. This wasn’t twilight, this was more like an hour after sunset. The 360-degree sunset was more vivid that I’d imagined it would be; the entire horizon was on fire. The bright red color faded into orange and then into the deep blackish- blue that surrounded the sun and the moon.
The uneasiness I’d felt was gone; I was filled with joy. Some people were shouting — the way you shout when you’re startled or when you’re at a sporting event — but the only noise that slipped out of me was the word "wow," repeated over and over again. The event wasn’t shocking or invigorating, it was calming and inspiring.
If I become an eclipse chaser after this, it’s not so much because I want to repeat the experience but because I want to have time to think about it more deeply. I could barely absorb everything that was going on before it was over.
When the sun crept back out from behind the moon, the world seemed so much brighter than it had right before totality; our eyes had adjusted to the darkness, and this strange green light seemed brilliant by comparison. [ Solar Eclipse 2017 in Idaho: Totality From Rexburg ]
Sarah Lewin, from Greenville, North Carolina
I spent most of my early eclipse time trying to take pictures of it . We were on an isolated balcony in the North Carolina mountains, and the sun beating down on us made it incredibly warm as I held solar binoculars in place so my fiancé could slide a phone under them for a disappointing shot.
The weather forecast had warned of a thunderstorm happening shortly after 2 p.m. — totality would hit at 2:35 — but there was no sign so far, save a cloud or two casually floating by. I’d spent the previous night peering up at an incredible number of stars in the sky, and seeing the Milky Way for the first time, and even a shooting star. (It might have been a Perseid; it angled from that direction.) Before this, my skywatching highlight was spotting the Big Dipper in Central Park one time, and seeing the total lunar eclipse in 2015.
The sun stayed bright in the sky through most of the partial eclipse, as I looked for a change in the quality of light, as I worked with projections and photos through filters, but the shine was steady as the sun sliver slimmed. Until —
Wait, OK, it’s getting really dark now!" I said, a bit panicky… but it was just an isolated cloud passing over.
Then, after a time, behind the cloud, there was a bright, shining ring. And the cloud dissipated — it didn’t drift away that I remember, it kind of dissolved — and there it was. Totality, sharp and white against the darkened sky, with sunrise all along the mountains surrounding us, a few stars and Venus making rare daytime encores. And for those 2 minutes and change, I didn’t even try to take a picture. (Luckily, my mother did.)
After, all there was to do was sit back and feel the sun return and the balcony warm, image already fading in my head of just what exactly that crisp ring had that the photographs never capture. And then to drive back, 3 hours turning into 8 on the overcrowded streets.
Hanneke Weitering, from Nashville, Tennessee
Nothing could have possibly prepared me for my first total solar eclipse.
Before Aug. 21, I had seen plenty of photos and time-lapse videos of the moon crossing the sun, and reported on dozens of stories about anything and everything eclipse-related. I had seen how eclipse chasers go wild with excitement as they describe how awesome totality is. I knew what to expect – or at least I thought I did. Three days later, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the surreal experience that was my first total solar eclipse.
I chose to watch the Great American Solar Eclipse in Nashville, Tennessee, the largest city in the path of totality and home to many of my friends and family. My first stop was at my parents’ house in my hometown of Knoxville, where my husband, Michael, and I picked up my old car. We had heard that traffic on Aug. 21 would be the worst in U.S. history, and knowing that we would be in the most populated city in the path of totality, we made sure to allow plenty of extra travel time. As it turned out, there was hardly any more traffic than usual. We drove down I-40, through downtown and all around the city on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, with no problems at all.
Early Monday morning, we headed over to the Adventure Science Center for the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival, where thousands of people had gathered in the blistering heat to watch the eclipse together. All day long the sky looked pretty clear, which was a relief. One week earlier, the weather forecast called for a 40 percent chance of rain on eclipse day. But by Monday, that had dropped to 1 percent. It was an eclipse miracle!
Or so we thought.
Around 1 minute before totality — just as people in the crowd started shouting at everyone to look up and wait for the "diamond ring effect" and "Baily’s beads" — a colossal ninja cloud came out of nowhere. I tried reassuring people, saying, "All hope is not lost," because I had learned that the cold air beneath the shadow of the moon could break up convective clouds in the sky. And I could definitely see that cloud trying to break. It just didn’t quite thin out fast enough to give us a peek at totality. No corona for us. Not today.
It may sound like a huge bummer to have a cloud steal totality, but there is a bright side to this dark cloud. When darkness fell over Nashville, instead of spending my 2 minutes of totality gazing at the most-hated cloud in all of Nashville, I took the opportunity to look around and see how Earth was responding to the moon’s shadow. I saw what looked like a sunset in 360 degrees. Skies turned purple and orange. Cicadas, which usually make sounds only at night, started screeching. Birds everywhere returned to their nests simultaneously.
I had been sweating in the summer heat all day, and suddenly my skin was covered in goosebumps. I don’t know if the goosebumps resulted from the drop in temperature or the fact that I was freaking out over the eclipse. Or perhaps it was a combination of the two. It felt like Mother Nature had slipped some LSD into my coffee. Even though we didn’t see totality directly, it was still the coolest natural phenomenon I have ever witnessed. Missing out on seeing the sun’s corona just means that now I definitely have to go chase another total solar eclipse!
Doris Salazar, from Table Rock Park, South Carolina
Go tell it — the solar eclipse tale — on a mountain.
I flew from New York City with my boyfriend, Javier, to Atlanta. From there we drove to Greenville, South Carolina, to spend a night at a motel. On the morning of Aug 21, we drove north through the South Carolina countryside to our eclipse mecca: Table Rock State Park. It was all uphill from there.
Javier and I stopped 12 times up the long, hard trail. We rationed out our water supply, as the hot sun teased us about what it would perform in the afternoon. We saw folks come back down the mountain, and we saw folks settle into a viewing spot early on the trail. But Javier and I insisted on finding the best view, at the farthest edge of the Table Rock mountaintop. We sometimes scaled the mountain with our hands, and walked along steep red clay inclines. When the path was flat, we reminded ourselves the soreness would be worth it.
We saw a dad carry his daughter on his back, groups of friends championing themselves up the mountain with funny jokes, and Beatles’ music playing off mobile jukeboxes. We kept each other going. Then, Javier and I came upon the precipice we knew was meant for us, because I saw the lake beyond the cliff’s edge, the same lake I had photographed at 7 a.m. An airplane flew through the valley at eye level – we had climbed higher than that airplane. We saw three hawks soar by us, not over us.
And then, there were surprise clouds. Javier and I lay on the rocky ground, not far from water pools with moss, and put on our solar eclipse viewers. We saw nothing. But then, the sun peeked out. I wasn’t sure if the clouds were playing games with my eyes.
It turned out to be the partial eclipse, and all 30 of us on that side of the mountain realized it within a few moments of each other. Excitedly, we counted down, lying flat on the rocky cliff with our eclipse glasses on.
The last moments of partiality were dramatic: the sun was filtered through thin cloud coverage, and then we had a break. I kept removing my glasses to view the darkness descending over the mountaintops.
Then, the sun was totally eclipsed. I heard Javier shout along with the crowd. The views were unforgettable – the countryside was filled with a peach-colored sunset from all sides, and crickets began to chirp.
The eclipse made me feel something primal: I reacted to being covered in this strange light. I experienced a nurtured feeling, and the dimming lights asked my body to slow down, to disengage, to soften. To become childlike. Everyone was lost in wonder, and then Venus suddenly appeared like a jewel. The clouds came in again, and although the eclipse was gone from view, everything stayed dim. It wasn’t until saw the light return around me that I knew totality had passed. It was sublime. And I felt everyone knew the hike to the top was well worth the pilgrimage.
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