On Aug. 21 we will see the first solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979. Our graphic explains exactly what one is, shows it’s path and some how-to viewing tips. By Ramon Padilla,
Karl Gelles, Dann Miller, Walbert Castillo, Janet Loehrke and Sara Wise, USA TODAY NETWORK
The next total solar eclipse to cross Michigan with its path of totality is 2099
Sorry, Michiganders: If you want to see a total solar eclipse in your lifetime, you’re going to have to travel out of state.
As you may know, a total solar eclipse – when the moon aligns directly between the Earth and the sun – will take place Aug. 21, the first such phenomenon to span from coast-to-coast in the United States in almost 100 years.
The path of totality – where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun – starts in Oregon and travels through the likes of Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina, plus small segments of other states.
Michigan, however, is not one of those states; you’ll only see a partial eclipse here. And it likely won’t be one of those states until 2099. Take a look at this Washington Post visualization that maps out every total solar eclipse taking place over the next 100 years.
The next total solar eclipse to cross Michigan with its path of totality is 82 years from now, with a path that covers the southwestern part of the Lower Peninsula and travels just south of the metro Detroit area. So unless you’re very young now and manage to live well into your 90’s or cross the century mark, you’re probably not going to be alive for that.
In 2106, another total solar eclipse will cover almost the entire Upper Peninsula with its path of totality, according to the Washington Post’s visualization. Good news for your Yooper great-great-grandchildren!
So yeah, Michigan’s out of luck here. But we do have good news.
The total solar eclipse occurring in 2024 will come extremely close to Michigan with its path of totality, especially the metro Detroit area. It’ll pass through the western and northern parts of Ohio, maybe hitting the very southeastern tip of Michigan near Toledo. So if you’re willing to drive an hour or two into Ohio for the sake of astronomy, that’s your best and closest shot at viewing a total solar eclipse in all its splendor.
The last total solar eclipse to cross Michigan occurred in 1925, when the path of totality stretched through the western part of the U.P. and through the northern Lower Peninsula.
The metro Detroit area should see about 80% of the eclipse Aug. 21.
Check out the Washington Post visualization here.
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