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When is the next solar eclipse for L.A. and the U.S.?

May 21, 2012 |  3:21 am

The eclipse as seen from Texas

Miss Sunday's eclipse? Energized by the celestial show and yearning for more?

You'll have to wait awhile. The continental United States won't see another good show for five years. And Los Angeles won't see as stunning as a show for another 59 years.

But here is a sampling of what's next in store for the solar eclipse front in the United States.

The eclipse as seen in Japan2014: A partial solar eclipse is in store for the western United States on Oct. 23, 2014. Western Canada, Alaska and the northern edge of the U.S. border between Washington state to Wisconsin should have the best view, with more than 60% of the sun's diameter (its center line) blocked by the moon's shadow. California and the U.S. Southwest should see more than 40% of the sun's diameter covered.


2017: This is the one to travel for. A "total" solar eclipse -- an even better one than Sunday's "ring" eclipse -- will completely cover the sun's light, blotting out even the sun's outer fringes. Total eclipses are far more exciting because they will shroud the land in an eerie midday twilight. The Aug. 21, 2017, total eclipse will glide through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, northeastern Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and South Carolina.

Los Angeles will see more than 60% of the sun's diameter covered up by the moon.

2023: This is Los Angeles' next major partial solar eclipse, according to calculations by NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. It will happen on Oct. 14, 2023, and will cover up 78% of the sun's diameter.

2071: In Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 2071 will bring a solar eclipse that exceeds Sunday's show, with 91% of the sun's diameter covered up.

2121: Alas, this won't happen in our lifetimes, but on July 14, 2121, Los Angeles will see a full "ring-of-fire" eclipse of its own.


Solar eclipse 2012 through the eyes of readers

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photos: Top, an annular eclipse on Sunday seen near Cadillac Ranch, Texas. Below, the eclipse seen from Tokyo. Credits: Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe News via Associated Press; Anthony Weiss