Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Chasing darkness -- Part 2

The next total solar eclipse track, on March 29, 2006, begins in the Atlantic Ocean, sweeps across northern Africa and Turkey, and ends in Siberia. Most eclipse chasers will be in Libya, Turkey, or on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. I'll be somewhere along the track.

Europe will not have a total solar eclipse until 2027, and then only Gibraltar will be touched. India and China will have an eclipse in 2009, but Japan must wait till 2035. The United States will be blessed in 2017, when the Moon's shadow cuts right across the heartland from west to east. Then North America will have to wait until 2024, when the Moon's shadow will sweep up from Mexico, across the United States, and into Canada.