After getting a taste of the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th, 2024 many Texans are wondering when they will be able to see another.

Solar eclipses happen about twice a year.

Viewers in what's called "the path of totality" saw the moon completely block the sun — an opportunity those in North America won't have again for 20-plus years.

Monday's eclipse started around 11:07 a.m. PDT on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and then moved into Texas. The eclipse's visibility tracked through 15 states — Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, among them — before heading northward into Canada and then exiting North America.

When was the last total solar eclipse?

The last one that came across the United States was back in 2017.  Before that, the last total solar eclipse to cross North America was back in 1979.

When is the next total solar eclipse in Texas?

North Texas will see a partial eclipse on August 23, 2044. This path will only touch total solar eclipse in three states: Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  A tiny portion of the Texas Panhandle is in the path of totality for the August 12, 2045 eclipse.

If you are willing to travel, the path of totality will span from California to Florida.

After the 2044 and 2045 total solar eclipses, the next total eclipses in North America will occur in 2078 and 2099.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area will not be in the path of totality again until July 9, 2317.

When is the next total solar eclipse in the world?

The next total solar eclipse is Aug. 12, 2026, over Spain, Iceland, and Greenland.

A year later, on Aug. 2, 2027, a total solar eclipse will cross parts of North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

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