How to Catch the Next Eclipse: A List of Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2021 and Beyond

The moon blocks out the sun during a total solar eclipse. (Image credit: Corbis/Getty)

When the moon takes on a reddish color, or when the sun's corona shines like a glowing ring aloft in the sky, it's hard to ignore the sight. 

Lunar and solar eclipses have enchanted and even frightened humans for thousands of years. Most recently, skywatchers were treated to a total solar eclipse as its path crossed the Pacific Ocean and made landfall in La Serena, Chile, on Tuesday (July 2). Millions of spectators within and beyond the path of totality enjoyed the sight, which crossed South America until ending just south of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Eclipses aren't limited to one part of the world. In fact, there will be 12 lunar and solar eclipses traversing different places on Earth before the next North American cross-continental total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Here is a list of upcoming lunar and solar eclipses and where they will pass. Data is based on timetables and maps from NASA and the

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Please note: There are several solar eclipses listed here, and spectators should ONLY observe the phenomenon directly if they have the aid of protective eclipse-viewing eyewear. Solar eclipses are only safe to view with the naked eye for the few moments during a total solar eclipse when the moon is blotting out the entire body of the star.

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This article was updated on Feb. 1, 2021 by Reference Editor Vicky Stein.

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Doris Elin Urrutia
Contributing Writer

Doris is a science journalist and contributor. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Communications at Fordham University in New York City. Her first work was published in collaboration with London Mining Network, where her love of science writing was born. Her passion for astronomy started as a kid when she helped her sister build a model solar system in the Bronx. She got her first shot at astronomy writing as a editorial intern and continues to write about all things cosmic for the website. Doris has also written about microscopic plant life for Scientific American’s website and about whale calls for their print magazine. She has also written about ancient humans for Inverse, with stories ranging from how to recreate Pompeii’s cuisine to how to map the Polynesian expansion through genomics. She currently shares her home with two rabbits. Follow her on twitter at @salazar_elin.