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Check Chapter 7’s What’s New page for some neat movies of past eclipses and tables of upcoming eclipses and...

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Upcoming Eclipses

Here is introductory information on upcoming eclipses of the Sun and Moon. For more details and maps, check out NASA’s Eclipse Website. And for weather predictions for total solar eclipses, see Jay Anderson’s website.

First, as an overview, here are two world maps showing the paths of central solar eclipses (total, annular and hybrid — ones total along only a portion of the path) between 2001 and 2040. If you are a die-hard eclipse chaser, these are the vacation planning charts for the rest of your life! Click on the maps to download full-resolution copies.
The Next Solar Eclipses

Here are charts of the paths of central eclipses between now and 2012: the May 20, 2012 annular eclipse, and the November 13, 2012 total eclipse. Click to download higher-resolution copies.
To download Google Earth overlays of the paths of these and other eclipses, go to Xavier Jubier’s Google Earth Files site.
Shadow diagrams and area of visibility for the next Total Lunar Eclipses

Here are charts of the circumstances for the next four total eclipses of the Moon visible anywhere on Earth. There are no total lunar eclipses in 2012 or 2013, but in 2014 and 2015 we get four total lunar eclipses at six-month intervals — a rare “tetrad” of lunar eclipses. As the maps show, all four are visible in whole or in part from North America. Click to download higher-resolution copies.
Area of visibility for the next (and only) Transit of Venus

Here is a chart of the circumstances for the next transit of Venus, the only one in the 21st century. 2012 will be a busy one: an annular eclipse of the Sun, a transit of Venus and a total solar eclipse. There is no total lunar eclipse in 2012. Click to download a higher-resolution copy.