On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for sky gazers to witness this rare celestial event. However, if you can’t wait that long, there’s another opportunity to catch a solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, which will be visible from parts of North and South America, as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.
To help you plan your viewing experience, NASA has released an interactive map that allows you to explore the path of the eclipse and find the best viewing locations. The map shows the path of the moon’s shadow as it passes over the Earth, with information on the duration of totality, the start and end times of the eclipse, and the maximum eclipse.
The 2023 solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean, before making landfall in Oregon, USA. From there, the path of totality will travel across the United States, passing through Colorado, Texas, and parts of the southeastern states, before exiting the continent through the Atlantic Ocean. The eclipse will also be visible as a partial eclipse from much of North and South America, as well as parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Using the interactive map, you can zoom in on specific locations along the path of totality to find the best viewing spots. The map also includes information on weather conditions, local attractions, and other factors that may impact your viewing experience.
Of course, planning your eclipse viewing experience is about more than just finding the best location. You’ll also need to make sure you have the right equipment, such as eclipse glasses or a solar filter for your camera. Additionally, you’ll want to plan for transportation, lodging, and other logistics well in advance, as these events often draw large crowds.
But with the help of NASA’s interactive map, you can start planning your 2023 solar eclipse viewing experience today. Whether you’re a seasoned eclipse chaser or a first-time viewer, this rare celestial event is sure to be a breathtaking experience that you won’t want to miss.