A Tour of NASA’s Solar Eclipse Map for 2023 and 2024

  • Released Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
  • Updated Thursday, June 8th, 2023 at 12:20PM
  • ID: 5086

The map was updated on March 15, 2023, to correct times in Mexico along the total eclipse path.

Two solar eclipses will cross the United States in 2023 and 2024. On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will create a “ring of fire” in the sky from Oregon to Texas. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies from Texas to Maine. On both dates, all 48 contiguous states in the U.S. will experience a partial solar eclipse.

Watch a close-up tour of the new 2023 and 2024 solar eclipse map.

Map Credits: Michala Garrison and the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS), in collaboration with the NASA Heliophysics Activation Team (NASA HEAT), part of NASA’s Science Activation portfolio; eclipse calculations by Ernie Wright, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A map developed using data from a variety of NASA sources shows both eclipse paths as dark bands. Outside those paths, yellow and purple lines show how much of the Sun will become blocked by the Moon during the partial eclipses. Learn more about the upcoming eclipses and how the map was made here.

This video zooms in to different parts of the map, explaining these and other features that describe what observers across the country can expect to see during each eclipse. Explore and download the eclipse map here.

Music Credit: “Purple Sun” by Rainman [PRS] via Universal Music Productions


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Datasets used in this visualization

Suomi NPP Black Marble (A.K.A. Black Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the VIIRS sensor)

Earth at night imagery

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.

Dataset can be found at: https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/images/144898/earth-at-night-black-marble-2016-color-maps/144947l

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Terra and Aqua BMNG (A.K.A. Blue Marble: Next Generation) (Collected with the MODIS sensor)

Credit: The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

Dataset can be found at: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/BlueMarble/

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SRTM DEM (Collected with the SIR-C sensor)
LRO DEM (A.K.A. Digital Elevation Map) (Collected with the LOLA sensor)
LRO/SELENE SLDEM2015 (A.K.A. DIgital Elevation Model) (Collected with the LOLA/TC sensor)

A digital elevation model of the Moon derived from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter and the SELENE Terrain Camera. See the description in Icarus. The data is here.

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DE421 (A.K.A. JPL DE421)
Ephemeris NASA/JPL

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